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A Little Knox Music: Roman Reese

Posted in Knoxville Music, Roman Reese on September 16, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

It occurred to me recently that it’s been a while since I’ve posted any local music here on the blog.

Here then is another installment of “A Little Knox Music.” Posts in this series are brief looks at local artists who deserve to be known outside of our little town of Knoxville.

This time it’s local roots-flavored singer/songwriter Roman Reese. Roman is a veteran of the music business, having played in a few Nashville area bands (Numbers and Tony Roman & The Cool Tunes) in the late 1990’s and the early part of this decade. He joined the military in 2002 and spent time in Iraq as an MP. Once his tour of duty was complete, Roman moved to Knoxville to attend law school at The University of Tennessee.

While he chased his law degree, Roman Reese continued to chase his muse. He released Gritty City in 2007, an album he says was inspired by the gritty cities of Knoxville and Baghdad. His sophomore effort Listen Before Dialing came out this spring, and is quite a gritty effort itself. He sings of bourbon and beer, barroom brawls, and a dashboard Jesus… his songs as rough as the raspy voice that sings them. Odds are you’ll be growling and singing along with him in no time.

Here’s one from the new album that has an infectious groove and a nice sampling of Roman’s sound.
Roman Reese: Used Car Lot (Buy Album)