Dallas Reese plays Banner Elk July 29
Dallas is coming to Banner Elk. Dallas Reese, that is.
Reese is a singer-songwriter who grew up just outside of Charlotte in Concord.
He has been performing as a solo acoustic artist around the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic since graduating from Appalachian State University.
While in college, Reese gave up hope on saving the world and winning the Nobel Peace Prize and decided to do the only thing he could do and not have to get a job: Sing, play and write.
Growing up, Reese took piano lessons for about five years. His formative years were spent listening to singer-songwriters Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. He bought his first guitar while in college. He jammed with others, but felt he was best playing solo.
He won various talent shows with piano and acoustic guitar and then branched out to the club circuit. Along with playing thousands of gigs, Reese has spent 20 years working in radio across the country, spending time at WRFX Charlotte, WGFX Nashville, Tenn., WCMC Raleigh, WTQR Greensboro, WESC Greenville, S.C., WMJJ Birmingham Ala., WCYK Charlottesville, Va., and WKKW Morgantown, W.Va.
He currently travels the southeast playing with the Dallas Reese Trio, with veteran guitarist and Statesville resident Super Gene Davis and Greensboro native Doug Cargel on drums, vocals and percussion.
Reese also has played many festivals throughout the Carolinas, including: Gastonia's Fish Camp Jam, The York Summerfest, Matthews Stumptown Festival, The Dilworth Jubilee, Center Cityfest, Springfest, The Carolina Musicfest, The Kernersville Summerfest, Boonville Heritage Days Festival, Pickens, SC Azalea Festival, The Uncle Sam Jam (High Point) and various corporate gigs for NASCAR, Lowes Home Improvement, Merrill Lynch, Enterprise Rental Cars, TCI Logistics, Novant Health and others.
Characterized by vocal harmonies and cool melodies, Reese's original songs have been compared to Counting Crows, Sister Hazel, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Shawn Mullins and Edwin McCain.
Appearing with Reese are Doug Karger (from Winston-Salem) on drums and Rob Massengale (from Greensboro) on bass. Reese will play keys, guitar and sing.
The July 29 concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the stage behind Bank of America on N.C. 194.
Concert-goers are encouraged bring your chairs or blankets and coolers. Food will also be available for purchase at the concert. Raffle tickets can be purchased for prizes, as well as for the 50/50 split of the raffle pot.
The sponsor of this concert is Fifth Third Bank, located at 1667 Tynecastle Highway (N.C. 184) in Banner Elk.
The next concert on Thursday, Aug. 5, will feature The Harris Brothers, who specialize in blues, mountain music, jazz, classic country and rock, and is sponsored by Frank & Mary Watts.