George Reeves, guitarist, songwriter, singer. Whether he is playing his electrified
solo gig, a singer/songwriter gig or lead guitar with a band, George’s playing is always
unique and memorable. I recently asked George to describe his music style and his
answer was interesting, honest and totally out of the box. "I find it amusing
when asked to place a label on my music style. I don’t have a genre. It's easier
to say what I don’t play…rap and opera! I’ve always been drawn to soul, blues,
rock-n-roll and country but I’ve been playing for over 60 years so I don't even
think about it too much. I enjoy playing a big range and combining them.
I’m very unlikely to play a song the same way twice. Clapton, Lowell
George, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers....these were big
influences for me. But it's not a black and white thing....I may play a
jazzy lick in a blues song or a country lick in a rock and roll song.
Most of my life I have been a lead electric player and when I play a
lead I have no idea what I'm going to play. I start on a note that
works and play what I feel as the music flows through me. I like
it that way. Sometimes I play fast, slow, bend strings a lot or talk with
with the strings. Volume and speed were big for me when I was younger,
now I’m really enjoying using more finesse and focusing on the
musicality that the song is asking for. I'm not married to any one music
style. I'm just me. It really shows up in my original songs. They have
been called quirky and intelligent. Again, they just flow through me."
George is a “snowbird” playing up and down the east coast. He and his wife
make Cashiers, NC on their homestead farmette their primary residence,
with a small studio apartment in Asheville, NC and winters in St. Augustine,Fl.
George was playing bars in the Miami area before he was even legal to
walk through the doors. He spent much of the 70's in Athens, Ga and
then dabbled in the San Francisco music scene in 1975. H played for about
17 years with Ansel, Strong and Reeves as a house band on the historic
River Street in Savannah, Ga. Nashville was where he honed his
writing skills and worked as a studio session player. One of his most
memorable sessions included Mark Knopfler while playing in the made
for TV show called Clive James Goes Country which you can find on
YouTube. He spent the next 20 years as the lead guitar player with a
well known classic rock band in Western NC. George has won a number of
accolades in the Nashville Songwriters Contest for his original work
and has most recently been featured as a singer/songwriter and
lead guitar player in the Northstar Band at the Jekyll Island Shrimp
Festival. He has been billed as the “guitarist extraordinaire” and it is
fitting. He is busy playing where ever he is and grateful for every
opportunity to play and share his music.
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Come out and enjoy this great artist in person. Although his Strat is
his favorite guitar he is most noted for his well-honed slide playing
on his designated 59 Les Paul, jr and his collection of lap slides. You never
know which guitars he will show up with. He is working on three CD projects
of all originals which you will be the first to get your hands on (and ears).
George plays local and out of town gigs, private parties and house
concerts solo or with several other great players.