Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Preston Reed


Preston Reed is one of the world's most unique and influential contemporary acoustic guitarists. He's here next Thursday! Purchase two or more advance tickets and you be entered to win two CDs and special prize from Preston Reed! Two winners will be announced during the night of the show. 

Where and when was your first show?  

It was at an after-school youth drop-in center in West Hartford, Connecticut when I was 17. My father was volunteering there and organised for me to play a short concert. I played a rambling, semi-improvised 12-string guitar composition for about 20 minutes. I was very nervous. When I finished and looked up, everyone was clapping and saying nice things about what they had just heard. Then director of the center handed me a $10 bill. I couldn't believe I had just gotten paid for having so much fun.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

There are too many to be able to narrow it down to just one. Jorma Kaukonen, John Fahey and Leo Kottke were my first big guitar influences when I was a teenager. What I learned from their music and playing gave me the tools to start writing my own music, and from there I became influenced by many different guitarists, bands, musicians and musical styles.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

Playing at the UNESCO International Jazz Day in Odessa, Ukraine last May. Odessa is an amazing city that I had always wanted to visit ever since seeing the 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin in high school. The people I met were warm, the  architecture was stunning and the food was awesome I performed twice while I was there. The audiences for both shows were fantastic. Would love to go back.

Favorite Food: Almost too many to mention. As a traveller, a food lover and an avid cook I love to experience new tastes from around the world. Favourites include Italian, French, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese, Cajun, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, Malaysian, Thai, Indian, Polish and, most recently, Ukrainian.

Favorite Drink: Whisky, especially single malt scotch and  small-batch bourbon.

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

Not sure...but they would need to be creative, resourceful, slightly crazy, and have wide-ranging tastes and interests. Daniel Day Lewis perhaps?

Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both?

More of a cat person these days, but having grown up with both I like dogs too. Here’s a picture of Freyja our kitten/cat.  She’ll be one later this month, so I’m not sure if she’s still a kitten or not.

Freyja 2










What two words would best describe your music? Motion. Story-telling.