Bandleader, vocalist, harmonica player, songwriter Scotty Reed was born 1958 in Chicago and raised in suburban Park Forest, Illinois. He has studied / played piano, trumpet, guitar, harmonica, & attended Illinois State University where he studied psychology/business & was a member of their Division One wrestling team. After college, Scotty traveled & eventually transplanted to Minneapolis, Minnesota around 1980 & currently resides in suburban Maple Grove, Mn. He now has over 30 years experience as a musician, bandleader, songwriter & entertainment consultant.
Scotty improved his musical skills in numerous Mn. based bands through the years beginning in mid 80`s including Cobalt Blue, Better Blues Bureau, & UBX/Urban Blues Experiment. The Scotty Reed Band was founded in 1996, has recorded three CD`s, performed at hundreds of nightclub, festival, street dance, ski resort, restaurant, corporate, & private events. Nightclub list includes Famous Dave`s, Whiskey Junction, The Cabooze, Blues Saloon, The Narrows, Shaws Bar, Schullers Roadhouse, Five Corners, Neumanns, Mayslacks & many others. Also, performances with Kim Wilson, James Harmon, Roomful Of Blues, Anson Funderburgh, Sam Meyers, Paul deLay, Larry McRay, Savoy Brown, & RJ Mischo.
The backing band consists of several configurations of some of the best veteran Twin Cities Minnesota based blues musicians. Including John Franken or Dan Schwalbe on guitar. Keith Boyles or Scott Christenson on upright bass. Robb Stupka or Marty Bryduck on drums. Regularly, Bruce McCabe on keybd. These gentlemen have also worked as sidemen for Kim Wilson, Hubert Sumlin, Luther Allison, Mark Hummel, Gary Primach, Lynwood Slim, Darrell Nulisch, Mojo Buford, RJ Mischo, Joe T. Cook, Joel Johnson, Jack Knife & The Sharps, Lamont Cranston, The Hoopsnakes, Kid Jonny Lang & many more.
Past members of the band & substitutes include alumni ; Shorty Lenoir, Phil Schmid, Jeff Hester, Billy Black, Mike Carvale, Jack Taylor, Bob Scoggin, Dave Larson, Greg Shuck, Mike Dubois, Doug James, Tim Wick and many other quality musicians Scotty has had the good fortune & privilege to perform with through the years.
Utilizing these talented sidemen, vintage equipment, & a vast song repertoire, each performance is a unique, improvisational, high energy display of harmonica driven traditional electric Chicago, swing, & jump blues.
Scotty is a charismatic front man / passionate performer with infectious enthusiasm / irrepressible spirit & over 30 years performing experience. He attributes any success to the quality musicianship, mentorship & friendship provided by his sidemen. Inspiration drawn from Walter Jacobs, Sonnyboy Williamson, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, James Harmon, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Louis Jordan, T.Bone Walker, Joe Turner, Lynwood Slim & RJ Mischo. Also, the love & support from our families, friends, fans, & employers. Thank you all !
Upcoming Performances ;
Jan.12 @ Frankie`s Chicago Style in New Hope, 9pm-12:30, 3556 Winnetka Av.N.
March 2 @ St. Patrick`s Tavern in New Prague, 8:30pm-12:30, 24436 Old Hwy.13 Blvd.
March 15 @ Everette McClay VFW #1296 in Bloomington, 7-11pm, 311 W. 84th St., 5pc. w/ Bruce McCabe.
March 30 @ Frankie`s Chicago Style in New Hope, same as above.
May 10 @ Wayzata Brew Works in Wayzata, 7-11pm, 294 Grove Ln.E., 5pc w/ Bruce McCabe.
May 18 @ VFW in Coon Rapids, 8pm-mid., 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd.
June 14 @ VFW #1296 in Bloomington, 311 W. 84th St., 7-11pm, w/ Bruce McCabe.
June 22 @ Grumpy`s Bar in St. Bonifacius, 8:30pm-12:30, 4113 Main St., w/ Bruce McCabe.
June 28 @ Champp`s in Eden Prairie, 6-10pm on beautiful patio, inside if rain, 8010 Glen Ln, 2 blks SW of Hwy.494 / Flying Cloud Dr., 5pc w/ Bruce McCabe.
July 5 @ Champp`s in Eden Prairie, same as above, 5pc w/ Bruce McCabe.
July 20 @ Grumpy`s Bar in St. Bonafacius, 8:30-12:30, 4113 Main St.
July 24 @ Tally`s Dockside in White Bear Lake, 6-9pm, 4441 Lake Av.S. www.tallysdockside.com
July 27 @ Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove, 8-11pm, 7890 Main St.
Aug. 16 @ Broadway Pizza in Elk River, 8pm-mid, 16754 Hwy.10.
Aug. 24 @ VFW #1296 in Bloomington, 8pm-mid., 311 W. 84th St., 5pc w/ Bruce McCabe.
Aug. 31 @ Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove, 8-11pm, 7890 Main St.
Sept. 7 @ Champp`s in Eden Prairie, same as above.
Sept. 14 @ Wayzata BrewWorks in Wayzata, 8pm-mid, 294 Grove Ln.E.
Sept. 28 @ Frankie`s Chicago Style in New Hope, 9pm-12:30, 3556 Winnetka Av.N.
Oct. 5 @ Old Piper Inn in Blaine, 9pm-1, 1416 93rd Ln.NE.
Oct. 18 @ VFW #1296 in Blmgton, 7-11pm, 311 W. 84th St.
Oct. 26 @ American Legion in Owatonna, 8pm-midnight, 137 W. Broadway.
Nov. 9 @ Wicked Wort Brewery in Robbinsdale, 7:30-10:30pm, 4165 Broadway Av.
Nov. 23 @ Frankie`s Chicago Style in New Hope, 9pm-12:30, same as above.
Dec. 7 @ VFW #1296 in Blmgton, 8pm-mid, same as above.
Listen to tracks from Scotty’s latest CD :
- Everybody’s In The Mood
- Voodoo Music
- Too Young To Die
- Wildcat Tamer
- Tight Dress
- Hydromatic Woman
- Ice Man
- Too Poor
- Tell Me Pretty Baby
- Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
- Times Gettin` Tough
- Bring It On Home
Download a Scotty Reed Band printable flyer for your venue or location: click on link below. SRB flyer
Special thanks to Shawn Wallin, Gary Eckhart, & Tom Asp for their contributions to band website & photography. Also, several friends & fans contributed pics posted to Facebook.
Scotty Reed Band 2019 pics
In Memory of Dave “Cool Breeze” Brown