The roots of Reeds songwriting are planted in the Mississippi Delta, where he was hired to spin records at an R&B radio station a few years ago. But before he even got behind the turntables, the station shut down. So Reed picked up his guitar and hit the local juke joints, where middle-aged black people made up his audience. I fit in pretty well, because I knew a lot of songs they liked, says Reed, whos white. I wasnt trying to be anything I wasnt.
After nine months, Reed enrolled at the University of Chicago to study music. On Sundays, hed play organ at a church founded by soul singer Mitty Collier (who scored a hit with I Had a Talk With My Man in 1964). He returned to Boston in 2004 to focus on his own music. Im not done pursuing what I came back to pursue, he says. I want to go out and make pop music good again.
Wed., June 20, 9 p.m.