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Beyond a Song: Reed Foehl

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Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter Reed Foehl about his life and music.

Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Reed Foehl first made his name as a musician while working with the jam band Acoustic Junction, and subsequently went on to a solo career that found him blurring the lines between rock, folk, bluegrass, and improvisational music. Born and raised in Boston, Foehl relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 1989, and he soon teamed up with fellow musicians Tim Roper, Curtis Thompson, and Matt Coconis to form the group Acoustic Junction. Like many acts on the jam band scene, Acoustic Junction found an audience for their eclectic music through extensive live work, and in 1991 they released their first album, Love It for What It Is. Acoustic Junction would release four more albums (including one issued under the name Fool's Progress due to pressure from their record company) before the group folded in 2000; Foehl chalked up the breakup to the stresses of ten years on the road. During his days with Acoustic Junction, Foehl first began writing material for himself, releasing a low-key collection of solo performances titled Leo's Song in 1995 (and reissuing it in 2005). After a few years of focusing on his songwriting and spending more time with his son, Foehl officially launched his solo career in 2004 with the album Spark, and soon renewed his commitment to playing live. In 2005, Foehl was invited to join Vince Herman, formerly of Leftover Salmon, in a new band he was forming for a benefit concert, Great American Taxi. While Foehl considered Herman to be a good friend and a talented collaborator, he decided his solo career was where his loyalties lay when Herman opted to make the new group a going concern, and he left Great American Taxi before they released their first album in 2007, instead putting out his third album, Stoned Beautiful, the same year. Foehl's album Once an Ocean arrived in 2009, and in 2014 he joined forces with the roots music label Immersive Records to release Lost in the West. 

With the release of Reed Foehl’s fifth solo album, Lucky Enough, fans will get a dose of powerfulmedicine, a cathartic collection of 10 songs that Foehl recorded with help from a mighty musical force, The Band of Heathens, produced by Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist at their Finishing School studio in Austin, TX. It’s an album that will undoubtedly solidify his standing as one of the most compelling and vital Americana artists around. On Lucky Enough, Foehl touches on a range of Americana styles, all with emotionally charged lyrics and can’t-get- out-of-your-head choruses, from somber folk elegies (“Stealing Starlight” and “American Miles”) and gospel-tinged tunes (“Carousel Horses”) to barroom country singalongs (“Long Time to Make Old Friends”) and jaunty calypso-flavored, country-infused pop (“Wish I Knew”). These are deeply personal songs for Foehl, and while they were written during some dark days, there’s a sense of optimism and gratitude, an overriding feeling that the hope outshines the heartbreak. In 2017 Foehl was making a big move, heading to Nashville to continue his craft as an artist and a songwriter. That made sense after co-writing the leadoff song (“Fly”) with up-and-coming country singer/songwriter Brent Cobb on Lee Ann Womack’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, The Way I’m Livin’. On the way, he got a call from his mother, Linda. She had lymphoma, and she needed him. He didn’t hesitate, ditching his fully loaded car in Nashville and flying straight home to Massachusetts. In that year and a half taking care of his mom, he wrote most of the songs you will hear on Lucky Enough.

Musical selections include: Hello My Dear, Takes A Long Time To Make Old Friends, Wish I Knew, Stealing Starlight, Color Me In, Carousel Horses, Running Out of You, If It Rains, American Miles

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