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Raised in the Swannanoa valley of Western North Carolina, multi-instrumentalist Reed Turchi is a producer, label head, band leader and solo artist. He's also a master of guitar driven blues that shapeshift seamlessly between acoustic slide, electric juke joint boogie, and the improvisational, groove-driven, massive sound of his Nashville based Kudzu Orkestra. His new album, Midnight in Memphis: Recorded Live at Sun Studio, showcases Reed’s diverse songwriting, including original blues-tinged rockers “Teacher’s Blues,” “Honey, Honey” and “Do For You” as well as “Lord, I’m So Glad I Don’t Crave Everything I See,” the contemplative “Listen to the Wind,” and the elegiac “Patricia.”

Featured in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and Fretboard Journal, Turchi has been called “an old soul” by Glide Magazine. “We feel like we are sitting right there in some lonely cabin deep amongst the pines and the kudzu sipping whiskey and listening to him play his heart out." At the same time, Oxford American has recognized he’s “pushing the boundaries” of the Hill Country blues that inspired him to turn to slide guitar, and American Standard Time has called his work "The sound of a new American music.”

Recorded for an episode of the PBS series Sun Studio Sessions airing in 2019, Midnight in Memphis features Kudzu Choir keyboardist Heather Moulder, bass player Lee McCalily, drummer Lemuel Hayes, and vocalist Kathleen Turchi, joined by guest guitarist Adam Hill and longtime Gregg Allman sax player Art Edmaiston. Making music in the room built by visionary Sam Phillips seems appropriate for Turchi, whose love for the blues stems from working with renowned folklorist Bill Ferris as an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill, editing Ferris’s recordings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, then working directly with the musicians of the Mississippi Hill Country, and going on to serve as head of the revived Ardent Studios record label.

Reed’s eleventh album, Midnight in Memphis follows the gospel-influenced Just a Little More Faith, also featuring the Kudzu Choir. He called the album “a celebration of the music I love, performed with the people I love”; reviewers called it “a halo of authenticity” filled with “radiant warmth,” and Music News 360 said of a performance at New York’s Bitter End, “the feature of the night was the feeling of communal joy, being present together in shared vibration.”

Praise for "Midnight in Memphis"

“Turchi has become an indomitable blues force in the last decade…You can just hear the magic in these Sun Studio recordings. The air in that room is electrified.”

-American Standard Time

“Simultaneously rooted in tradition and a more contemporary take, Midnight in Memphis is an exciting addition to an impressive canon of music from Turchi, who plays the role of slide guitarist, singer, and some kind of devilish cross between a revival tent preacher and a conductor…the group dives into the gritty and danceable groove.”

-Glide Magazine

“Turchi gently bends the instrument to his will, balancing flourishes against restraint, with the needs of the song taking priority. He doesn’t show off, in other words. He just plays really well. Turchi’s guitar work will, without a whiff of conspicuous effort, nevertheless insist upon its own greatness.”

-YAKIMA HERALD

"Reed Turchi’s follow-up to my favorite record from last year (Just A Little More Faith) is "Midnight In Memphis” and it fulfills every expectation. Art Edmaiston's sax blows a hole in my heart, and once again, Reed not only has the songs, but the vibe.”

-Greg Vandy, KEXP

“Turchi’s music has the stomp, slur and moan of the blues, of older grittier country strains of blues, of the blues that just got plugged in and electrified and citified but still retained its rural roots. He’s called it swamp boogie. He sounds like he’s soaked up his share of John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf and R.L. Burnside. But, depending on which recording you listen to, Turchi, 28, also sounds like he’s synthesized the vibe of the Rolling Stones, T Rex and Beck, too.”

-YES! Weekly

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS ALBUMS

(Just a Little More Faith) “With each listen, you hear some other small aspect that you missed before…this juxtaposition of belief in the next world and absence in this one is in keeping with the heart of blues music — the mix of joy and sorrow, of faith and doubt, of mystery and simplicity. Turchi takes up that mantle and shoulders it incredibly well, singing with restraint and confidence.” — Red Line Roots

(Just a Little More Faith) "Full of slide-guitar, gospel chorus, and on the spot-blues…a halo of authenticity from its straightforward emotion and raw improvisation..” — John Heniff, Mxdwn Music

"Turchi proves to be an old soul...we feel like we are sitting right there in some lonely cabin deep amongst the pines and the kudzu sipping whiskey and listening to him play his heart out." -Neil Ferguson, Glide Magazine

“Tallahatchie certainly has that inward-looking contemplative mood about it. The record has a "Robert Johnson in a boarding-house with a guitar, a mic and a recording machine" ambiance." -- Bill Kopp, Asheville Mountain XPress

"Beyond traditional genre constraints…reaching for a sound that is pushing the boundaries of Hill Country tradition." The Oxford American

"TURCHI claims new ground for Southern rock and roll music." Country Fried Rock

 "Turchi and Viterbini two have a minimalist, dark blues chemistry overflowing with earthy delta slide and dark pulsing electric guitar. No rhythm section adds to the tracks' late-night jam session feel, seemingly leaving them locked in conversation with no one else to listen or judge." - iTunes Editors

"Here are dark, plunging canyons of natural reverb, resounding and haunting rail-sounds, sky-punching stops, vocals rattling like winter trees. On each song of Tallahatchie Reed Turchi plays and sings in full command – and in fullness of humility – among the blues storytellers whose music he has absorbed down to his marrow: Fred McDowell, North Mississippi Allstars, Furry Lewis, Elmore James, Mississippi John Hurt. His guitar and voice are saturated with that kerosene. He has made new fire. May it spread wide and far." - Author Kevin McIlvoy

"Jumping in to Turchi is akin to ordering a pint at local bar deep in the Appalachia. It sounds like it’s made to be played in a dimly lit dancehall, and its guitar grooves and bass boogies make swinging along to the beat inevitable." Daily Tar Heel

 "It commences with a prescient snare-drum rat-a-tat-tat, B-3 organ hum and bent-string licks that’ll warm the cockles of your Crescent City-lovin’ heart; it closes in a riotous orgy of distorted/phased gutbucket boogie, the likes of which fans of JJ Grey & Mofro and the North Mississippi Allstars savor and would even kill for. Turchi’s brand o’ roots ‘n’ blooze will make you a believer in the power of a higher spirit, or at least the power of hi-octane mountain moonshine. From the sound ofCan’t Bury Your Past the Turchi crew is fully ready to ascend the throne. It’s as rocking a set as any collection of Southern-fried stomp ‘n’ twang you’ll hear all year, yet there’s also an elusive element of cerebral sensuality that informs these ten tracks, and that collision of the primal and profound serves to give the material an uncommon emotional heft." Blurt Magazine

"Acoustic gritty blues tunes full of emotion." -- Daytrotter  

“Vital, live, and essential.”  Living Blues Magazine

"...like ZZ Top fuzz choked out by weeds, though a few lysergic licks leach through...Dr. John-like hoodoo vocals over a swampy, psychedelic guitar lifted from Tony Joe White's back pages. "The record rolls like the Mississippi hills, but Turchi—born wanderers who travel to the Triangle so often they seem more local than regional—embraces multiple Deep South strains." -Indy Weekly

"Turchi has created his own brand of intimate blues, a slide-guitar reverie of spirit, friendship and grace. Just a Little More Faith is a record of warmth and feeling for these cold times. Each song feels handmade, personal, like an invitation to come home.” — Joe Hagan, author of “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine”

"Just a Little More Faith is peak Turchi songwriting, moving away from covers and traditionals towards self-written material that is bluesy, heart-wrenching, and warm as the southern sun.”  — Sean Jewell, American Standard Time

 "...Soulful harmonies fitting for a Sunday mass as much as a Tuesday night at the Bitter End. No doubt, there were slide guitar solos, though the feature of the night was the feeling of communal joy, being present together in shared vision.” — Live Performance Review from Music News 360

"...delivered by Turchi's voice and his slide guitar with the class and the charisma of a perfect Blues Troubadour. Tallahatchie is an album that goes beyond the pure and simple love for the traditions of the Hill Country Blues. It's the most sincere labour of love possible of a musician that has never forgotten where his musical heart belongs to and always will." - Gio Pilato, Bluebird Reviews

"In Scrapyard Turchi and Viterbini create plots of notes that are a solitary journey on straight roads and dusty with the thoughts that wander up to dissolve, giving way to ecstatic contemplation. Minimal arpeggios and slightly distorted slide guitar open the imagination of the listener who is carried away by the taste for composition but also by the instinct of the two artists who alternate entirely instrumental to songs with other masterfully interpreted by the voice of Turchi." - MusicFeed Italy

"Kudzu boogie is the shorthand the western North Carolina band Turchi uses to describe its bristling fusion of hard Mississippi Hill Country blues, southern rock, southern fried boogie and pungent Memphis soul...Reed Turchi is a fiery guitarist who especially likes to lace the tunes with slithering slide and a raspy vocalist who doesn't so much sing as use his growly drawl to pepper the tunes with hellfire tales of loneliness, obsession and retribution." Minneapolis City Pages

"TURCHI play a style of rock & blues that harken Beggars Banquet era Stones coupled together with the veiled introspection of Kurt Vile. Reed Turchi’s conversational lyrics and expressive guitar paint scenes of despair wrapped in hope." Visions of the Unexcused

 

"This is why they call it the dirty South." American Songwriter

“(Tallahatchie) strips it bare to an honest bone - just man and guitar. You know the songs, and the meditative simplicity is just what we need to grasp something we think we know; a familiar reality in this time of cultural and political uncertainty. – Greg Vandy, KEXP

"Faith’s distinguishing feature is it’s radiant warmth…welcomingly friendly and refreshingly human. Five musical friends convene in the same room, responding to one another in the moment, as tape just happens to roll. Such honesty openly defies this age of technological grandeur.” — Dennis Rozanski, Blues Rag Magazine

"Turchi returns to his roots, and effects a brilliant strategy. DeStijl in design, the album is a work of minimalism...Turchi’s great talent for absorbing, interpreting, and continuing the talents of Sonny Boy Williamson, and Mississippi Fred McDowell (“Write Me A Few Lines”), and even Charley Patton (“Mississippi Boll Weevil”) make this album a relaxing, raw, cathartic respite, free from the conformity of a full band." -- Sean Jewell, American Standard Time

 

"TURCHI’s mindset and loose, fall-off-the-bone guitar grooves spiritually trace to somewhere down in the land of Burnside, Kimbrough, and Kenny Brown…these juke-joint-jammers always keep it murky and muddy while recounting doing it in the dirt, imparting violence, pondering death, and then doing it in the dirt some more."  -Bluesrag Magazine

"TURCHI cook up a swampy gumbo of blues and Memphis soul, highlighted by killer slide-guitar grooves." Bucket Full of Nails

"Tallahatchie is a brilliant new selection of recordings by Reed Turchi. Inspired by his mentors, North Mississippi performers RL Burnside, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Otha Turner, Turchi creates an intimate homage to their music. His clean, sweet sounds of acoustic blues resonate with the heart and introduce an exciting new chapter in his impressive musical career." - William Ferris

Twangy rockers Turchi are a band from which you’ll undoubtedly be hearing a lot more in the future, but right now their present is pretty fucking rocking. Their new album Can’t Bury Your Past is so full of swagger and fun, it’s nearly impossible not to dance when you hear it. The slide guitar likely leaves smoke in its wake, and the scratchy, bluesy vocals are gritty and dirty like a well worn pair of work boots. This is a true low country sound created by a band so confident in their voice, they make their complex playing seem easy. The Horn, Austin TX

"With Cameron Weeks on drums and Andrew Hamlet on bass, TURCHI delivers primal slide runs and fuzzy garage licks that propel dirty backwater grooves. On top, Reed often talk-sings with a sandpaper throat that sounds like a vocal spawn of Lucero's Ben Nichols and underground blues hero R.L. Burnside." Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine