Lou Reid and Carolina (#315)

Seasoned bluegrass veterans show their stuff.

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When audiences hear the outstanding vocals and expert musicianship of Lou Reid and Carolina, they are not surprised to learn that the band’s members have played with the top country and bluegrass stars in the country. The group’s leader, Lou Reid, has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn, Vince Gill, Seldom Scene, and many others.

In addition to Reid on guitar, Carolina includes banjo player Gena Britt and two members from Richmond, KY: Richard Bennett on guitar and Randall Barnes on acoustic bass. Reid describes the band’s music as progressive bluegrass, drawing on the influences of traditional, country, folk, blues, and rock ’n’ roll. “I like trying many different styles,” he says.

In this Jubilee performance, Reid and Carolina treat the audience to a rich variety of ballads, instrumentals, and gospel songs showcasing their vocal and instrumental talents. The tunes include “Sailing Around the Ocean,” “I Wonder Where You Are Tonight,” “Beneath the Carolina Moon,” “The Shenandoah Breakdown,” “God Loves His Children,” and “Free Born Man.” Summoned back to the stage for an encore, the band performs “Knocking on Your Door.”