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What Folks Are Saying....
"Together these musicians deliver a swinging conversation revolving around a form of Jazzy Americana that is both literate, imaginatively played, and grooving!"
The Daily Gazette
"A determinedly individualistic artist"
Rees Shad &
The Conversations are
"a horde of stone cold killers!"
“Each song tells a story, and the outcome is a very beautiful, haunting sound that reminds this reviewer of work from the Band and Charlie Sexton.”
“Unfair to describe this work in terms of another - it's that personal, that complete, and that well done. Shad has an expressive voice that bends around the emotions of a song while oral textures change from the grey foreboding of a sky about to snow to the ruddy light of a neighborhood bar.”
"[Galahad Blues] etches a film-noir atmosphere as a soundtrack to an unseen movie."
"A consummate artist & entertainer, Shad's songs shine throughout."
“As loamy as 10 yards of Midwestern topsoil and as complex as a nest of small-town relationships ... Unexpectedly literate & moving”
“A rare class inhabits the man's songwriting that's not often encountered today.”
“An eye for detail and gift for absorbing narrative.”
Sometimes terse, always tender, the songs resonate with emphatic emotions convincingly conveyed in every verse and chorus.
"music that is both poignant and profound; Shad’s stories, shared from the heart, resonate with universal appeal"
The Berkshire Edge
“A glorious American Songbook… A brilliant, deeply American writing…powerful and suggestive.”
“An accomplished and seasoned artist.”
“In the tradition of heartland storytellers like James McMurtry and John Mellencamp comes another authentic voice.”
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