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Eli “Paperboy” Reed ready to deliver soulful sound
Written by By DAVID DUPONT/Festival Program Editor   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 14:22
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Eli "Paperboy" Reed
While many of his peers were heading off to college, Eli Reed headed to the juke joints of Mississippi.
Having grown up in Brookline, Mass., just outside Boston, Reed had developed an affinity for American music — blues, soul, country, gospel. A three-cassette set of classic Ray Charles sealed the deal.
That’s typical of many “children of the baby boom,” he said in a recent interview from his home in New York City. “The music our parents loved is the foundation of American music today.”
What drew Reed to the music was “the hard core emotionalism” and love songs tapped into his own teenage angst.
Eli “Paperboy” Reed and The True Loves will be one of the Saturday night headliners at the Black Swamp Arts Festival with a set at 8 p.m. Sept. 10.
Reed started playing music, first on harmonica and then guitar, tenor saxophone and keyboards. His true talent was as a singer.
He jammed with friends in his high school band room, but didn’t really have a band. Reed did some busking in Harvard Square in nearby Cambridge.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 15:04
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