LaMay & Reese are a folk music duo with deep roots in the American folk genre. Joe LaMay on guitar and Sherri Reese on banjo, along with their strong vocal harmonies, have combined their folk, bluegrass and old-time influences into a unique vocal and instrumental sound that carries on the folk traditions. Singing together since 1998, they present a well-honed collection of traditional and original songs that tell stories and spark the imagination. In 2015, they were presented the Frank Samplin Award for their commitment to the propagation of American folk and bluegrass music.
The duo has performed at numerous festivals, concerts, radio and television shows and other music events. They have released eight CDs of their music including a collection of their original songs recorded by other folk and bluegrass musicians. Joe and Sherri are touring performers who have brought their music and songs to a number of venues in the Southeast, Midwest and Northeast.
In their community, they are music directors of their local arts center, host the monthly 3rd Friday Folk @ the Carnegie, as well as the weekly Lake Cumberland Jammers, and are founders of the Somerset Songwriters.
Since 2004, LaMay & Reese have been contributing monthly segments to Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio show. Their 20-minute segments showcase bluegrass, folk and roots music and musicians recorded live in Kentucky and on the road. The show is aired on NPR throughout the northeast and world-wide on the web.
Minimal Technical Requirements
Minimum stage size: 5 feet x 7 feet
Lighting: nothing fancy
Sound: 2 vocal mics, 2 instrument mics or direct inputs