All He Needs Is Just A Little Patience

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While many artists feel pressured to keep cranking out records at a preternaturally brisk pace, local roots connoisseur Mark Reeves has found that taking time to stop and smell the flowers isn’t just good for the blood pressure… it’s good for the tunes of well. And nowhere is this more evident than on Reeves’ brand new CD, Sure Is a Pretty Name.

Reeves’ third record in 15 years of performing, and first since 1998, Sure Is a Pretty Name is undoubtedly his most comprehensive to date. Heavy doses of the blues meet sprinklings of soulful R&B, served on a plate of vintage Americana: but Reeves’ own upbeat vibe colors the music beyond its folksy roots.

“It’s wonderful to finally complete it,” Reeves says on the eve of his May 10th CD release party at the Orbit Room. “Not being on a major label gives me the freedom to have time between records, and to wait until the good material comes out. The biggest realization I had is that patience is good for me as far as songwriting: I can wait until the creative juices are really flowing.”

With a jam-packed summer touring season that will include performances at five folk festivals, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival (where he will open up for Little Feat), Reeves is anticipating being able to bring the new CD across Canada. In the meantime, he’s racked up rising local songwriter Brandy Zdan to open up for his CD release party.

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