Chestnuts, Harvey Reid's 10th solo album is his first all-instrumental album in 5 years, and is subtitled "Grand Old Songs From Long Ago". This 60 minute album features Harvey's peerless 6-string, 12-string & slide guitar, autoharp and 6-string banjo playing on 9 solo tracks, plus features Dan Crary (guitar), David Surette (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Brian Silber (viola) and Moondi Klein (guitar) on 10 duet & trio tracks.
Chestnuts was recorded direct-to-digital, in what has become Reid's trademark style, and is destined to become a classic in traditional instrumental music albums. Harvey's fingerstyle guitar playing is at the forefront, though he does provide some hot flatpicking, and shows off his autoharp and inimitable 6-string banjo skills on 3 cuts each. There is a nice mixture of lovely melodies and hot picking, and this album should please his fans and make many new ones.
Chestnuts is available in cassette and CD jewel box format by mail, phone, fax, e-mail ( and at finer stores nationwide, and will be priced at our usual price of $12.95/$16.95 (+$1 shipping per item...) retail for tape/CD, with appropriate wholesale and distributor prices. Ordering information
"...A supremely talented multi-instrumentalist with a rare gift for recording solo albums that don't sound like solo albums... a presence and character few other artists manage. Never one to let hot licks or flashy technique interfere with the musician's ultimate responsibility to communicate an emotional message through his instrument, Reid plays gorgeous, well-crafted music here that grows and grows through repeated listenings....Throughout this CD, the instrumental sound approaches perfection, a real tribute to Reid's ability to capture true acoustic sounds....This CD belongs in the collection of everyone who loves the sound of acoustic instruments played with understated taste and elegant tone. Highly recommended. " BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED
"Reid's ringing steel-strings shine in this outstanding acoustic collection of folk, bluegrass, gospel and British Isles instrumentals. He knows how to awaken a melody with a combination of dynamics, playfulness, and superb articulation. Recorded live to DAT, the tracks have a presence and a warmth that invite repeated listening with a cup of steaming java and a good novel." GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
"Harvey Reid is the consummate musical technician. His playing is deliberate, polished and precise, and he knows his way around the "fingerboard" of whatever instrument he chooses to pick up. Each and every number is executed with dignity, refinement and the utmost in good taste." AUTOHARP CLEARINGHOUSE
"The variety of techniques and arrangements, plus the familiarity and quality of the material make this an appealing album. It works as enjoyable background music for chores and such, yet also rewards more attentive listening." SING OUT
"A musician's musician in his prime...this is a lovely CD....his explorations demonstrate how much instrumental and rhythmic richness can be found in a simple folk theme." BOSTON GLOBE
"Buy it." VICTORY REVIEW
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