Meade + Reid release a new single, ‘Give This World A Shake’, on From The Top Records.
Taken from a forthcoming album ‘If You Don’t Mind’, due for release on September 18th, the track is the work of Daniel Meade and Lloyd Reid. The pair have collaborated and played together for nearly 14 years as a duo and in popular Glasgow country-roots bands The Meatmen and The Flying Mules.
The single actually comes in the form of an EP, with three bonus live tracks from 2017 – ‘Rising River Blues’, ‘Mexico’, and ‘Just As Well Let Her Go’, the latter a cover of a song by Arkansas bluesman Casey Bill Weldon.
Meade has written and released 10 albums in the last eight years, most of which Reid has contributed to in some form.
The duo have performed and worked with acts such as The Proclaimers, Ocean Colour Scene, Sturgill Simpson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pokey LaFarge, Willie Watson,
The Cactus Blossoms, Dom Flemons and Robbie Fulks.
As well as having toured Europe several times, both as a headline and support act, they have played BBC radio slots such as The Quay Sessions, Another Country With Ricky Ross, BBC at The Quay (festival), and The Afternoon Show with Grant Stott.
The collaboration has its roots “in the back of a broken-down van around six years ago”, but with the music forming the debut release finally coming together over a couple of weeks during the COVID-19 lockdown, between the pair’s home studios.
Meade said of the album: “It came together quickly and organically in the end up, I sent Lloyd a bunch of demos I’d been working on, we whittled them down between us and got cracking really. The whole thing took about sixteen days in total start to finish, which is funny given how long we’ve been talking about doing it!”
The album’s nine songs, written by Meade, and embellished with Reid’s guitar work, was a co-production between the two musicians.
“It worked really well,” Reid recalls. “Daniel would record acoustic guitar and vocal, fire it over to me and I’d stick harmonies, electric guitar, steel or whatever the song was needing. Then we’d back and forth a bit with overdubs and the mixing until we were both happy and that was pretty much the
process throughout, very much a two-man effort, no drama at all.”