THE WILD REEDS

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about music is the way a performer can sometimes seem possessed by some otherwordly force onstage, something singer/songwriter Mackenzie Howe of The Wild Reeds told me she has witnessed firsthand in fellow bandmembers Kinsey Lee and Sharon Silva. They definitely cast a spell on the intimate crowd that gathered in Digital Detox’s gypsy yurt at Outside Lands last month in Golden Gate Park.  I first became enamored with these indie folk rockers, who play everything from guitar and banjo to the harmonium and auto harp, when they performed as a trio at Modern Eden Gallery a few years ago in North Beach. Instantly hooked by their dreamy three part harmonies and bluegrass vibes, I made sure to keep an eye on the band and was excited to see that they were going to be playing at the OSL Music and Arts fest this year. I caught up with Kinsey, Sharon and Mackenzie (who have since been joined by drummer Nick Jones and bassist Nick Phakpiseth) at the huge San Francisco festival, one of the last stops on a long west coast tour before they headed back to their native Los Angeles and then on to the East Coast for more shows.  Check out their epic cover of “House of the Rising Sun”, an exclusive acoustic performance of their beautiful tune “Selfish” and my interview with these amazingly talented women who reflect on how they’ve evolved as performers and the power of music to make you feel connected during lonely moments when you’re convinced you’re “the weirdest person in the world.” For tour dates and more info, go to thewildreedsmusic.com.

 

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