Winner of 11 WAMMIES, including Album of the Year, Artist and Songwriter of the Year and Roots Rock Vocalist!
After a standing ovation following her performance at the packed Strathmore Music Center during the recent Woodstock tribute, Patty Reese’s attitude with soulful expression and her powerhouse pipes proved a match for the likes of Janis Joplin and other prolific and important artists. Other comparisons have been made, that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
Patty Reese performs more than 250 dates a year, released a WAMMIE award winning album “Here and Now” and has garnered multiple songwriting awards over the years. Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and honed songwriting skills have led her to the recording of her best work to date Strong Medicine.
On her recent CD, between acoustic guitar-accompanied story songs and powerful songs backed by a full band, Patty puts all of her crafts to work. The title track, Strong Medicine, tells of the healing power of love with a beguiling, smokey vocal performance over a blues groove reminiscent of Al Green. “Last Call for Love,” a closing time, slow dance, anthem; is perhaps the most revealing of Patty’s style—direct sincerity with a soulful delivery. Crowd pleaser “Who’s Got Your Back” resonates soundly as the song’s Roots Rock, Surf, and Blues tones are juxtaposed with the lyrics’ “Gospel truth.”
Among the originals by Reese, also are three tracks—all standout unique versions of other artists songs including “Keep Me in Your Heart” (Warren Zevon), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (George Harrison) and “Buckets of Rain,” (Bob Dylan) which all perfectly showcase Reese’s intimate, tender and dynamic vocal range.
The CD Features the Reese’s outstanding band as well as special guest appearances by award winning musicians and/or vocalists, Deanna Bogart, Donna Britton, Nadine Rae, Jen Smith and Jay Britton.
MUSIC & SONGWRITING AWARDS
Winner of the 2009 Washington Area Music Association Awards in the following Catagories:
Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year,
Roots Rock Vocalist,
Roots Rock Band,
Roots Rock Recording, Washington Area Record Company-Azalea City Recordings
BillBoard Magazine Songwriting Honors
First Place Winner in the Chesapeake Bay Music Guide Lyric Contest
Finalist in the MASC in the Blues/Jazz Catagory
Finalist in the Lamont Dosier Smithsonian Instititute/BMI/SAW Songwriter's Showcase
Voted Best Acoustic Act of 2007 by the Music Monthly Magazine Reader's Poll-Over 90,000 Readers!
Her song "Just Friends" was awarded Silver in the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition and "Who's Got Your Back?" was a finalist in the Inspirational/Spiritual Catagory.
• Top 10 Winner TrueValue Hardware
National Songwriting Contest
• Northern CA Songwriter’s Association honors
• Mid Atlantic Song Contest honors
• WAMA nomination for 2004 Song of the Year
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Linganore Wine Festival
Rehoboth Jazz Festival
East Coast Jazz Fest
Camden Yards - performing the National Anthem
City of Rockville Festival
California Expo and State Fair
Montgomery County Fair, MD
Mt. Shasta, CA Concert Series
Maryland Wine Festival
plus concert venues in Key West, Myrtle Beach,
Sacramento, La Jolla, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, NYC and more.
PATTY STARS IN ROCK OPERA
Patty Reese played the leading role in the Science Fiction Rock Opera “When ET Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” by composer James Levy (www.JamesLevymusic.com)