Eli Paperboy Reed
JJ & the Hooligans
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Join your Santa Fe neighbors on the Railyard Plaza beside the landmark Water Tower for great FREE concerts all summer long.
- Feel free to bring chairs to the concert.
- Food and drink are available at Second Street Brewery, Opuntia Café, Altar Spirits, La Lecheria, Boxcar Restaurant and Violet Crown Cinema, plus food trucks will be available.
- Bring your water bottle—we will have filling stations.
- Come down early to get a spot on the Second Street Brewery patio to enjoy a a cold beer with the music!
- Ample parking is available in the underground garage just north of REI.
- Download a map (JPG) showing all of the Railyard parking and transportation options.
Register for the event and we'll also send you updates if there are any schedule changes as well as info on future free programs and events around Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
They call him Paperboy because he always delivers!
"Country and soul music have always been two parts of the same stream," says Eli Paperboy Reed. "The influence flows in both directions."
Take a listen to Reed's exceptional new album, Down Every Road: Eli Paperboy Reed Sings Merle Haggard (Yep Roc), and you'll hear exactly what he means. Recorded in Brooklyn with longtime collaborator Vince Chiarito (Black Pumas, Charles Bradley), the record finds Reed reimagining a host of vintage Haggard tunes as classic soul rave-ups, tapping into all the hurt and heartache of the country legend's iconic catalog and channeling it into explosive, high-octane performances fueled by punchy horns and ecstatic vocals. Reed's guitar playing here is more Pops Staples than Roy Nichols, and the production more FAME than Bakersfield, but there's an obvious reverence underlying the whole project, a deep well of respect and knowledge that allows Reed to inhabit the songs and make them his own without sacrificing an ounce of honesty or integrity. He changes little in the way of melody and architecture on the album, instead recasting the arrangements to present Haggard's tunes in an entirely new context, one that blurs the lines of genre, geography, and race to reveal the common, distinctly American threads tying them all together.
JJ and the Hooligans mix rock and roll, blues, pop, and reimagined favorites for a sound that is irresistibly fun.