JOE LaMAY & SHERRI REESE
PO Box 305
Somerset, KY 42502
LaMay & Reese
3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse
LaMay & Reese: As folksingers, songwriters, concert and festival performers, workshop presenters, radio show contributors, and coffeehouse hosts, their songs and dedication to their craft reflect a love of our nation's rich traditional musical heritage.
Before they met, in 1998, at a folk music gathering, Joe had been a solo singer/songwriter, while Sherri had been singing and playing in a family old-timey and bluegrass band. The teaming and merging of their styles and influences has produced a uniquely warm and authentic folk roots sound.
Known for their original songs and old-style harmony, LaMay & Reese are committed to the sharing, learning, and promotion of folk music within their local community and beyond. Aside from being touring musicians, they host a monthly coffeehouse, a weekly acoustic music jam, and head up a regional songwriters group.
Joe and Sherri's performances are always entertaining and fun. With Joe on guitar and Sherri on banjo, they present a collection of traditional and original songs that are sure to inspire the novice and please the traditionalist.
The duo has released six CDs of their music, and printed a songbook featuring thirty-four original songs - and one humorous recitation - that have been recorded by LaMay & Reese or other folk and bluegrass musicians.
Since 2004, LaMay & Reese have been contributing monthly music segments to Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show. Their twenty-minute segments feature songs and musicians recorded "live" in Kentucky and on the road. They have featured dozens of musicians, and hundreds of songs, showcasing American bluegrass and folk roots music. Now in it's 44th year, the show is aired on NPR throughout the northeast and over the world-wide web.
￼In recognition of artistic excellence, LaMay & Reese have been selected to participate in the Performing Arts Directory, a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
LaMay & Reese with Paul Davis: Joe & Sherri have teamed up with their banjo hero - Paul Davis - and have been performing as a trio on occasion.
LaMay & Reese perform for the Big South Fork Scenic Railway at the Stearns, KY, depot and at the Blue Heron Mine. That's where the met and began playing together with Paul Davis, who was an engineer on the railroad.
Paul would join Joe & Sherri on banjo and soon he was playing along through their repertoire of traditional and original songs, and showcasing several of his banjo tunes. The combination clicked, and they've been performing together on a regular basis, at places like the Renfro Valley spotlight concerts, Red Barn Radio (Lexington, KY), the Bluegrass Special (Knoxville, TN), Music in the Park (Somerset, KY), and other venues.
They've just released their first CD, Live at the 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse. The CD features five original LaMay & Reese songs, two traditional folk songs, a Civil War instrumental, and a contemporary classic.