By Harvey Reid
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I throw a stone into the water and I watch the circles as they grow
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid has honed his craft over the last 30 years in countless clubs, festivals, streetcorners, cafes, schools and concert halls across the nation. He has been called the "renaissance man of folk music." He has absorbed a vast repertoire of American music and woven it into his own colorful, personal and distinctive style. His 13 solo albums on Woodpecker Records showcase his mastery of many instruments and styles of acoustic music, from hip folk to country, slashing slide guitar blues to bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, ragtime and classical.
Reid's skills and versatility on the guitar alone mark him as an important new voice in acoustic music. He won the 1981 National Fingerpicking Guitar Competition and the 1982 International Autoharp competition. Yet he's also a veteran musician with a long list of studio and band credits, a strong flatpicker who has won the Beanblossom bluegrass guitar contest, a versatile and engaging singer, a powerful lyricist, prolific composer, arranger and songwriter, a solid mandolin and bouzouki player, and a seasoned performer and entertainer. And he plays the 6-string banjo and the autoharp like you've never heard.
Harvey Reid maintains an extensive website, that has the lyrics, liner notes, guitar tunings and more for all of his songs.