The Kudzu Duo (Reed Turchi + Lemuel Hayes) on Wed, February 5, 2020

Raised in the Swannanoa valley of Western North Carolina, multi-instrumentalist Reed Turchi is a producer, label head, band leader and solo artist. He’s also a master of guitar driven blues that shapeshift seamlessly between acoustic slide, electric juke joint boogie, and the improvisational, groove-driven, massive sound of his Nashville based Kudzu Orkestra. His new album, Midnight in Memphis: Recorded Live at Sun Studio, showcases Reed’s diverse songwriting, including original blues-tinged rockers “Teacher’s Blues,” “Honey, Honey” and “Do For You” as well as “Lord, I’m So Glad I Don’t Crave Everything I See,” the contemplative “Listen to the Wind,” and the elegiac “Patricia.”

Featured in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and Fretboard Journal, Turchi has been called “an old soul” by Glide Magazine. “We feel like we are sitting right there in some lonely cabin deep amongst the pines and the kudzu sipping whiskey and listening to him play his heart out.” At the same time, Oxford American has recognized he’s “pushing the boundaries” of the Hill Country blues that inspired him to turn to slide guitar, and American Standard Time has called his work “The sound of a new American music.”

“Turchi has become an indomitable blues force in the last decade… You can just hear the magic in these Sun Studio recordings. The air in that room is electrified.” (American Standard Time)

“Simultaneously rooted in tradition and a more contemporary take, Midnight in Memphis is an exciting addition to an impressive canon of music from Turchi, who plays the role of slide guitarist, singer, and some kind of devilish cross between a revival tent preacher and a conductor… the group dives into the gritty and danceable groove.” (Glide Magazine)

“Turchi gently bends the instrument to his will, balancing flourishes against restraint, with the needs of the song takin priority. He doesn’t show off, in other words. He just plays really well. Turchi’s guitar work will, without a whiff of conspicuous effort, nevertheless insist upon its own greatness.” (Yakima Herald)