Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese are an American folk music duo who perform a style of music developed out of their love of this nation's rich musical heritage. Singing and writing songs together since 1998, they have merged their folk and bluegrass influences into a sound that has become distinctly their own.
On guitar and banjo, with heartfelt vocals and tasteful harmonies, their performances offer a pleasing selection of original and old songs that are guaranteed to inspire the novice and please the traditionalist.
LaMay & Reese are award-winning songwriters and have had several of their songs recorded by other folk musicians and bluegrass bands. They present songwriting workshops at folk festivals, music gatherings and concerts. Their workshops are participatory sessions which encourage one-on-one involvement and allow attending songwriters to present original songs for positive group critique. In addition to their creating and hosting the Somerset Songwriters Group, LaMay & Reese are staff songwriting teachers at the local Carnegie Community Arts Center.
LaMay & Reese are committed to the folk tradition of passing the music on. They are involved with local, regional and state arts organizations and programs. They have participated in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Arts Directory since 2008. They are visiting musicians in schools and community theater musicians.
Joe and Sherri host a weekly acoustic music gathering and a local songwriters group, and since 2004, they have been monthly contributors to Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Radio Show on NPR.