August/September 2013

by Hayden Booth

Fresh Talent: Nadia Reid

by Hayden Booth

Fresh Talent: Nadia Reid

Currently performing as a folk/country duo with upright bassist Richard Pickard, Nadia Reid has travelled the country extensively, always with a hard working musician ethos in the forefront of her mind. During May, she performed with Luckless, playing towns both big and small, in a total of 18 shows.

“Touring helped build character and musicianship,”” qualities she admires in others like the hard working Delaney Davidson and his Lyttelton contemporaries.

Nadia Reid grew up further south in Port Chalmers then after high school moved to Christchurch where she played shows and took inspiration from the Americana new folk scene. Based in Auckland for the last year and a half, Reid now has the musicians around her to commence recording her next album, ‘Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs’,’ in August, with plans for an October release.

She sees her EP of two years ago, ‘Letters I Wrote And Never Sent’’, as one might see an old photograph.
“I like the EP, but I’’m different now.””

Recording for the new album has yet to commence, but she is keen to get it done quickly. In the meantime, she’’s stoked to have her In Session performance of Ana Egge’’s Bully of New York playlisted on bFM. At the time of writing it’’s moving it’s way up the station’’s Top 10.

Reid has embraced the knowledge that while some people like her, some may not, and that has enabled her to put her music forward into the public eye – in all the formats available today. Perhaps this has also helped her to stay true to herself and her ideals. She is an artist of evident integrity, which certainly shines through in her music.

Nadia Reid is a voice worth listening to, and while it seems almost counterintuitive; when heard on the radio her sparse acoustic duo soars above the ‘louder’’ music tracks played on either side.

A friend once described her as a self-made musician, a description which she likes. Without doubt on the brink of much wider attention and appreciation, Nadia Reid is in many ways an embodiment of the country/folk saying, “Three chords and the truth, that’’s what they say.””