Rand Reynolds Bio:
Reynolds' writing is unusually brutal, honest and, at times, harrowing. Most singer/songwriters paint lyrical landscapes with a familiar brush. Not Reynolds. He's created an archetypal genre pounding out stories with a big hammer and nails like a construction worker holding a set of blueprints. His guitar style is clean and bold, especially when doing single-string flat-picking rather than strumming chords. And he uses odd tunings to achieve a uniquely low, warm tube amp tone that effectively compliments his baritone voice.
Lyrically, he is at his best when eulogizing failed relationships, loneliness, dreams passed by and the failure to act. Whom we loved, who failed us, and what it all means in the face of our own inevitable demise. But his vision is not apocalyptic: It’s the process of learning to accept our regrets and disappointments while moving forward. Reynolds’ love of those Appalachian murder ballads and tales of lost love -- those gut-wrenching, gruesome, Celtic-born parables designed to steer sinners from indulging in their darker whims -- have left Reynolds to proclaim that death of the flesh or broken hearts do not necessarily come with a lesson ... sometimes it just comes.
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