Updated: Jun 20, 2018
Will Thomas Reed ‘To Whom It May Concern’ EP Review
Will Thomas Reed from Charlottesville, Virginia begins a solo career with this catchy EP that should appeal to Country fans without going down the road of Bro-Country. These songs would be welcome on Country stations here in Texas and would not have been out of place back in the 90’s which makes for a nice refreshing change. Reed has played guitar in 12 Stones and Throwing Gravity, but this is his first time fronting his own project.
‘Rumors’ gets things going with an up tempo Country rhythm that namechecks Fleetwood Mac in the chorus and would make an ideal single at Country radio, especially during the summer. There is a little edge to the track and Reed shows a solid vocal delivery that at times reminds me a little of Mike Eli.
Some brief piano introduces ‘What You Didn’t Say’ before the full band joins for a ballad that harkens back to the 90’s and early 2000’s, and it sounds all the fresher for it. It is not my favorite song on here, but I really like the addition of the subtle female backing vocals.
‘Home Is Where The Bar Is’ reminds me of Kenny Chesney before he moved out to the islands with its nice wordplay and lighthearted feel. I can understand this being the first single, even if I would have went with ‘Rumors,’ especially here in Texas.