Lou Reid

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Musical artist

Lou Reid Pyrtle[1] (born September 13, 1954 in Union Grove, North Carolina) is an American bluegrass singer, band leader, and multi-instrumentalist.


Early life

Reid grew up on a tobacco farm in Moore Springs, North Carolina. His father also worked as a construction supervisor. When Reid was a young boy his father took him to see Flatt & Scruggs, and Reid has loved bluegrass music ever since.[2]

In his early teens, Reid played acoustic bass with the band Bluegrass Buddies, then joined the bluegrass group Southbound, who recorded one album for Rebel Records. He played banjo with them from 1973 to 1979. Other members included Jimmy Haley (guitar), Dennis Severt (mandolin), and Doug Campbell (bass).[3]

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

In 1979, Lou joined Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, playing bass guitar. Quicksilver consisted of Lawson (mandolin), Reid (bass), Terry Baucom (banjo), and Jimmy Haley (guitar).[4] Reid recorded three albums with Quicksilver.[5][6]

Ricky Skaggs Band

Reid was with the Ricky Skaggs Band from 1982 to 1986, playing a number of instruments and providing harmony vocals.[7]

Seldom Scene

Reid replaced Phil Rosenthal as lead singer and guitarist for the Seldom Scene in 1986. Reid was a member of the Seldom Scene for six years, then left in 1993 for Nashville to tour with Vince Gill and Vern Gosdin.[2]

When John Duffey passed away in 1996, Ben Eldridge brought Reid back to the Seldom Scene, while also continuing to perform and record with hia band Carolina.[3]


Reid joined the reunited bluegrass supergroup Longview in 2008 to record Deep in the Mountains. Other members included J. D. Crowe (banjo), Don Rigsby (mandolin), James King (vocals), Marshall Wilborn (bass), and Ron Stewart (fiddle).[8]

Lou Reid and Carolina

In 1992, Lou Reid formed his band Carolina in with lifelong friend Terry Baucom and Marcus Smith (bass).

Carolina's first album Carolina Blue was followed in 1995 by Carolina Moon. Then Baucom left the band to pursue his own career.

In 1996, Carolina released a third album Lou Reid & Carolina and in 2010 released Blue Heartache.

Christy Reid joined Carolina in 2002. She first joined as guitar player, and moved to bass in 2005.

It would be five years and a line-up change before Reid and Carolina's next release, Time, in 2005. Reid was joined this time by vocalist Christy Reid, guitarist Kevin Richardson, banjoist Trevor Watson, and bassist Joe Hannabach. Released on Lonesome Day Records, the album also featured a number of high-profile guest appearances, including Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Jerry Douglas.


In 1994, Lou Reid and Carolina received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year award. In 1995, the album Carolina Moon was nominated for Album of the Year by the IBMA.[9]

Personal life

Reid met his wife Christy in 2001 when she auditioned for Carolina as a bass player. She got the job, and three years later they were married. They have two daughters.[2][10]


Solo albums


  • 1989: High Time (Sugar Hill) with Mike Auldridge and T. Michael Coleman

As a member of Southbound

  • 1977: Southbound (Rebel)

As a member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

  • 1979: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Sugar Hill)
  • 1981: Rock My Soul (Sugar Hill)
  • 1982: Quicksilver Rides Again (Sugar Hill)

As a member of the Ricky Skaggs Band

As a member of The Seldom Scene

As a member of Longview

As a member of Lou Reid and Carolina

  • 1993: Carolina Blue (Webco)
  • 1994: Carolina Moon (Rebel)[12]
  • 1996: Lou Reid & Carolina (Rebel)
  • 2000: Blue Heartache (Rebel)[13]
  • 2003: Carolina, I'm Coming Home (LRC)
  • 2005: Time (Lonesome Day)
  • 2009: My Own Set of Rules (Rural Rhythm)[14]
  • 2010: Sounds Like Heaven to Me (Rural Rhythm)[15]
  • 2012: Calling Me Back Home (KMA)
  • 2016: 20th Anniversary: Live at the Down Home (KMA)[16]
  • 2016: Rollin' On (self-released)[17]

Also appears on

  • 1984: Vern GosdinIf Jesus Comes Tomorrow (What Then) (Compleat)
  • 1987: Paul Adkins – Appalachian Memories (Old Homestead)
  • 1988: Virginia Squires – Variations (Rebel)
  • 1989: Mike AuldridgeTreasures Untold (Sugar Hill)
  • 1989: The Smith Sisters – Roadrunner (Flying Fish)
  • 1990: Mike Auldridge – High Time (Sugar Hill)
  • 1999: Scottie Sparks – Scottie Sparks (Doobie Shea)
  • 2000: Ron Spears – My Time Has Come (Copper Creek)
  • 2004: Darin Aldridge – Call It a Day (Pinecastle)
  • 2007: Dwight McCall – Never Say Never Again (Rural Rhythm)


  1. "Reid, Lou". BluegrassBios.com. http://bluegrassbios.com/reid-lou/. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ted Lehmann (April 18, 2011). "Lou & Christy Reid – A Sunday Visit". Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms. http://tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2011/04/lou-chrisy-reid-sunday-visit.html. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Puterbaugh, Parke (March 9, 2017). "The Seldom Scene continues long-time tradition in music". Go Triad. http://www.greensboro.com/go_triad/the-seldom-scene-continues-long-time-tradition-in-music/article_5bc65c5f-1889-50ba-893e-fa47af836b47.html. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  4. Lawless, John (May 10, 2014). "On This Day #28 – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver". Bluegrass Today. https://bluegrasstoday.com/on-this-day-28-doyle-lawson-quicksilver/. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  5. Weisberger, Jon (April 30, 1999). "Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – The Original Band". No Depression. http://nodepression.com/album-review/doyle-lawson-quicksilver-original-band. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  6. The Encyclopedia of Country Music (1 ed.). December 16, 2004. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Encyclopedia_of_Country_Music.html?id=XsiL49XFbnkC. 
  7. Himes, Geoffrey (July 21, 1983). "Ricky Skaggs at Wolf Trap". The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1983/07/21/ricky-skaggs-at-wolf-trap/c9ab4585-150a-42de-b196-a4f9a1286e8d/. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  8. "Longview regroups with J.D. Crowe, Lou Reid". Country Standard Time. February 6, 2008. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/news/newsitem.asp?xid=1363. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  9. "Recipient History". IBMA. https://ibma.org/awards/recipient-history. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  10. Heithaus, Harriet Howard (December 26, 2009). "Bluegrass stars Lou Reid, Carolina in Naples Jan. 9". Naples Daily News. http://archive.naplesnews.com/entertainment/bluegrass-stars-lou-reid-carolina-in-naples-jan-9-ep-396181578-334593911.html/. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  11. Baxter, David (April 30, 2008). "Longview – Deep in the Mountains". No Depression. http://nodepression.com/album-review/longview-deep-mountains. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  12. Himes, Geoffrey (February 18, 1994). "Five Top Picks of the Pickers". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1994/02/18/five-top-picks-of-the-pickers/20049267-7c3d-43b0-aaeb-848ad4a86575/. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  13. Mark Brinkman. "Lou Reid & Carolina: Blue Heartache". Country Standard Time. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=1845. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  14. Donald Teplyske (August 20, 2009). ""My Own Set of Rules" by Lou Reid & Carolina". The Lonesome Road Review. http://lonesomeroadreview.com/my-own-set-of-rules-by-lou-reid-carolina/. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  15. Angel, Dave (March 29, 2011). "Sounds Like Heaven to Me by Lou Reid and Carolina". Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. http://hvbluegrass.org/articles/reviews/462-sounds-like-heaven-to-me-by-lou-reid-and-carolina.html. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  16. Lawless, John (July 17, 2013). "Lou Reid & Carolina: Live At The Down Home". Bluegrass Today. https://bluegrasstoday.com/lou-reid-carolina-live-at-the-down-home/. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  17. staff writer (June 7, 2016). "Lou Reid and Carolina Are Rollin' On with New Album". Cypergrass. http://www.cybergrass.com/node/5353#sthash.z59l4bhZ.dpbs. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 

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