Nat Reese brings a mess of Blues to The Rialto Theater

Posted: June 25, 2010 in local music
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My friends at The Triangle Blues Society orchestrated a blues show at The Rialto Theater in Raleigh NC  that was not to be missed. This was evident by the very few empty seats in the house. The attraction was Nat Reese a traditional blues player from Salem, Virginia. The show began with Th’ Bullfrog Willard McGee warming up the crowd with his own style of blues as well as a few good stories. Th’ Bullfrog did an excellent job and set the tone for the rest of the evening.  When Nat went on stage I was captivated by the first chord he played as well as the visuals his songs created. Nat played his first set with Tad Walters on harmonica then took a break to visit with fans and sign autographs. His second set started with John Dee Holman doing a few blues tunes accompanied with Tad on harmonica as well as Kelly Pace on drums. Nat took the stage after John and pure shelled down the corn.  I am a fan of old school blues and was impressed by Nat’s interpretation of that genre. In between songs Nat offered a bit of his history, thoughts on the world today, and advice to live by. He told us stories of growing up in the ’20s and ’30s and the world he came to know. That alone was worth seeing as aside from being a talented blues player Nat is pretty good at offering words to live by. Many of his songs were from his latest album “Save A Seat For Me”. This show was reminiscent of what I would image went down in the deep south when blues musicians got together and put their heart and soul into their music. In my opinion this music is by far and away on such a higher level than most of which is played on the radio today. Rest assured Nat Reese can count me among his fans. Great job all the way around to Nat, John, Willard, Tad, Kelly, and The Triangle Blues Society.


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  2. […] enjoy some authentic Blues music. I have seen John Dee Holeman once before when he preformed with Nat Reese a little while back at The Rialto Theater, this show was no disappointment either. Andy opened the […]

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