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Country Cooperative Recognizing Lou Reid and Carolina

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Lou Reid and CarolinaLou Reid and Carolina are based out of Union Grove, North Carolina. The band began in 1992, with it's sound largely based in traditional bluegrass music roots with emphasis on dynamic vocals. The current band is no exception. The Americana Music area is currently featuring Lou Reid & Carolina. Country-Cooperative is a set of companion sites designed specifically to service Indie musicians in the country, gospel, folk and bluegrass music genres. Country Cooperative offers self-managed listings and present our members to a 24/7, U.S. television audience of 4.2 million households.

Lou Reid anchors the band with his lead vocals. Lou is arguably the most recognizable voice in bluegrass music. He began his career with his first professional job as bassist for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. After three albums with Quicksilver, he took a very prominent position with the Ricky Skaggs Band, playing many different instruments and providing back-up vocals.

He played banjo on the first number one country hit that featured banjo..Skagg's "I'm Just a Country Boy". After working so many dates with Ricky, Lou decided to come off of the road to take the lead singer and guitarist position with The Seldom Scene. Working with John Duffey proved to be one of Lou's career highlights. John gave Lou insight into singing that Lou still calls upon today.

After spending six years with the Scene, Lou went off to work in Nashville with some of the top traditional artists of the day, Vince Gill and Vern Gosdin. He also decided to start his own band with lifelong friend Terry Baucom. The result was Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina. After putting out two very successful albums, Carolina Blue and Carolina Moon, Terry left the band to pursue his own career.

In 1996, John Duffey passed away suddenly, leaving the Seldom Scene without it's heart and soul. Ben Eldridge wanted to keep the Scene on the map, and bringing Lou Reid in to take John's place as mandolin player and tenor singer seemed the right thing to do. Lou has now been with the Seldom Scene for a combined total of 18 years.

He has managed to not only keep his band Carolina current, but thriving. Lou is the consumate professional, a generous bandleader, and an all around entertainer. His vocal work on his latest album, Time, is a testiment to the depth and feeling that have always been the underlying trademark of his music.

Country-Cooperative regularly recognizes bluegrass artists and others in Americana genres. The Country Cooperative and the cable network BlueHighways TV has teamed up to connect segmented, under-serviced niche business communities to the U.S. marketplace.

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