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Reviewing the Watcher score
Press: Welcome
Press: Reviews

What Folks Are Saying....

"A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and storyteller rife with  unexpected themes and ideas"

Making a Scene!

"[Galahad Blues] etches a film-noir atmosphere as a soundtrack to an unseen movie."


"A consummate artist & entertainer, Shad's songs shine throughout."

Goldmine Magazine

"[Six Strings & a Story reveals] A determinedly individualistic artist"

Americana Highway

“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.”

BC Magazine

“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.” 

Dallas Observer

Rees Shad is one of the most prolific artists on the scene

Making A Scene!

"Three decades into his career Mr. Shad’s expressive music has bottomless resources."

Americana Highways

"Shad ambitiously crafts songs driven by rich storylines."

Lake Champlain Weekly

"music that is both poignant and profound; Shad’s stories, shared from the heart, resonate with universal appeal"

The Berkshire Edge

“As loamy as 10 yards of Midwestern topsoil and as complex as a nest of small-town relationships ... Unexpectedly literate & moving”

Boston Herald

“A rare class inhabits the man's songwriting that's not often encountered today.”

Graham Parker

“An eye for detail and gift for absorbing narrative.”

Stereo Review

"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

Sometimes terse, always tender, the songs resonate with emphatic emotions convincingly conveyed in every verse and chorus. 

American Songwriter

Rees Shad &
The Conversations are
"a horde of stone cold killers!"

Phil Henry

“A glorious American Songbook… A brilliant, deeply American writing…powerful and suggestive.”

Il Sussidiario

(The Subsidiary)

“An accomplished and seasoned artist.”

Album Network

“In the tradition of heartland storytellers like James McMurtry and John Mellencamp comes another authentic voice.”

New Country

Photography Credit:

Ruben Henriquez

Press: Headliner
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