46 Long (Jonathan Reynolds – Guitar/Vocals, and Blake Taylor - Harmonica / Vocals) has been supplying the greater Cincinnati area with high-energy semi-acoustic Blues since the spring of 2001. The duo released "Savor Every Second" in January 2003 to critical acclaim and eventually went on to be nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) for Best Blues 2003.
Once dubbed "the finest dancing White Boy in all of Boston" by Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Jonathan's musical roots trace mainly to Knoxville where he played with Defenders of the Faith, the late Sarah Jordan's "Jordan Project," and hosted the regionally famous Sassy Ann's Blue Jam. He also spent several years playing guitar (among other things) in West Africa.
Blake, a native New Yorker, left his classical voice and piano training behind to play Rock and Blues for tipsy dancing babes in late-night smoky clubs. Nice work if you can get it. Along the way Blake has fronted Smokestack Lightning in northern England, Blues Cult in Cincinnati, and various other "hired harp" work along the way, most recently with Blues goddesses Mary Ann Kindel and Cheryl Renee, as well as with Jon Justice. Blake has also flirted with rock stardom by sitting in with Jason Ricci and with Spoon.
"Time's Right" represents four years of loving, careful, and sometimes agonizingly slow work. We’re confident that you don’t have anything quite like it in your record collection. We sure don’t. Sure, there are other guitar/harp Blues duos out there, but somewhere since our beginnings in 2001 as an acoustic Blues group, we’ve become something different. We hope you like it. We may be over-educated middle class white boys, but somewhere along the line we learned to throw down anyway. Come on out - just give us a shot... if we don't deliver, we'll buy you a beer.
Oh, and the name? Put it this way, at 6'3" and 215 lbs, Blake is the little one.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Blake)
"...their presentation — acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica, sparse percussion — has a natural, bare vibe that is incredibly magnetic to the ears. Acoustic Blues players may be a dime a dozen, but the strong songcraft and singer/harpist Blake Taylor's unique, masterful playing style (he uses the harmonica as both a rhythm and lead instrument) give them an edge over the competition. "
- Mike Breen, Citybeat
"Blake's harp playing is really good in that he has a ton of chops a lot of tone and a great idea when to play acoustic...Blake's got the over blow thing going on articulate bends and a great sense of time and phrasing."
- Jason Ricci
"...great harmonica-driven, toe-tapping Blues"
- Rick Bird, Cincinnati Post
"Together, Taylor and Reynolds form a solid, soulful core that packs more passion and heart in a simple "acoustic duo" setting than most full-on Blues outfits."
Mick Breen -- Citybeat
"Great harp playing; dark, delightful storytelling, and intricate guitar work... Taylor's rich baritone vocals are nicely complimented with Reynolds' more twangy, rugged singing."
Rick Bird -- Cincinnati Post
"The part I really liked and surprised me was the songwriting and singing! F***in' My Baby's Away" rules lyrically I had to check to see if that was your tune or what, cause that is just so catchy and sophisticated and great feeling."
- Jason Ricci
"Reynolds and Taylor have found a very natural partnership in 46 Long, creating a unique groove to call their own. Trading vocals and effortlessly weaving together guitar and harmonica, they imbue their perfomances with passion and craftsmanship."
Tara O'Donnell -- Cincymusic.com