A tribute to Blind Alfred Reed

By John Nakashima
jnakashima@wvpubcast.org

Blind Alfred Reed spent most of his life in Mercer and Summers Counties. He was discovered in 1927 when he was in his mid-40s. His songs became known for their social commentary, a rarity in those days.

A tribute album to Reed was recently completed. Contributors include Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien and Marty Stuart.

The first round of recording sessions took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Charleston. John Nakashima was there and produced this Outlook on Blind Alfred Reed.

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