The new album STARING CONTEST has a real eclectic mix of Reid’s musical mojo, with 11 all original songs that include special appearances by songbird Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo) on violin, and Vinyl Cafe bandmate John Sheard on piano. Garden gnomes, unstoppable trains and no less than three proposals (!) can be found within the lyrics of this unabashedly romantic collection. Completely self funded and collected over some pretty change-filled years of his life, this record should help Reid make his mark on the world stage as not only a show stopping performer but as a composer of compelling songs in the tradition of Neil Finn and Roy Orbison.
STARING CONTEST HIGHLIGHTS
RAIL won the grand prize for folk in the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST.
RAIL made the top 10 in SHORE104's SUMMER SONG SEARCH.
RAIL is featured in SyFy's series BEING HUMAN
MY GREEN THUMB is featured in the CBC series 18 TO LIFE
THE COMBINATION made it to the top 5 in BC for SUZUKI's PLAYLIST FOR THE PLANET
"He’s become a favourite in the Canadian heartland. But, a record as good as ‘Staring Contest’ shouldn’t be held back by radio frequencies, regional borders or time zones. Its simple songs are endearing and unforgettable and should expand his audience to a size that reflects his undeniable talent. - Doug Heselgrave NoDepression
“Happy to follow you, Reid. You're one of the best singers in the country.” @ThatEricAlper
"After Reid appeared on the Vinyl Cafe we received tremendous feedback from our audience. He stole the show...He blew me away." Stuart McLean - CBC Vinyl Cafe
"Achingly beautiful songs.... a haunting quality not soon forgotten" - Globe & Mail
"Prepare to be surprised" - Vancouver Province
"Absolutely gorgeous" - Maverick (UK)
“I've heard Reid a number of times and have yet to hear a bad song or bad performance. I cannot say that about too many performers.” - Mike Hill, Artistic Director, Mariposa Folk Festival
All songs written by Reid Jamieson
* except tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 written by Reid Jamieson & Carolyn V. Mill
All rights Reid Jamieson Socan 2010.
Produced with affection by Michael Frost.
Recorded, Engineered & mixed by Michael Frost, Blackfish Sound, Vancouver, BC .
Remastered with care by Michael Holland.
Drawings by Reid Jamieson.
Lovebirds charm by Kurt Morrison.
Executive producer, Management, Design & Photography Carolyn V. Mill