Reed Waddle currently calls New York home, but Destin still claims him as our own. He has a new album ready to drop and will perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 13-15. Waddle writes:
I am very excited about coming home in a few weeks. The last time I was actually in Florida was last year’s festival. I love the fact that there is a songwriters festival on the Gulf Coast in January—genius idea, and it is really well done. It’s amazing to see something like that grow. Last year was better than the first year. I can only imagine how great it will be this year.
2011 has been a great year, lots of fun things to report. In April, I made a huge decision to move from Boston to New York. The driving force in that decision was the chance to make a new record. Last winter, after the songwriter’s festival, I met with a guy named Iestyn Polson. Iestyn produced all of David Gray’s recent catalog, as well as Patti Smith’s latest record. He and I worked on 11 songs and went into the studio last summer, here in New York.
It was an amazing experience. The majority of the record was cut live with a full band, something that I had never really done before. It was cut at Sear Sound, where John Lennon last recorded—in fact, one day when I was returning something to the studio, I went up the elevator and Yoko Ono answered the door. No joke.
Anyways, tons of great records have been cut there. It’s one of the last remaining old school New York studios left. Just being in the room is like walking into a musical time capsule. It turned out really well, and I can’t wait to release it. We are finalizing album art and all the loose ends over the next few weeks and plan on releasing it at (the 2012) festival, which makes my homecoming that much sweeter.
30A Songwriters Festival performer (and 2008 Beachcomber Music Award winner for Best Singer-Songwriter) Reed Waddle is always welcome home.