BRUCE on BRUCE:
"I am a reasonably positive, very alert singer/songwriter. I have been around forever, played in a bunch of bands, been hit on by your sister or brother, left duct tape in all your favorite haunts, (unless they mysteriously burned to the ground or became "bistros") and now can be found in my cozy studio in South Bend, Indiana or performing in and around Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin where chicken wire, firearms and Tums do not exist.
Not necessarily looking to be the next "big thing" but if someone is hell bent on making me rich, so be it. I ain’t dead yet!
Bruce writes, records and produces his critically acclaimed music at his studio, "The Dark Side" in South Bend, Indiana. His recording credits include electric and acoustic guitars, Kay mandolin, keyboards (including the vintage $60.00 Casio), electronic and acoustic drums and percussion, harmonica, vocals, and all other sounds. (including mistakes)
Bruce is also honored to be an annual performer at the Steel Bridge SongFest held each June in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Other performers include Jackson Browne, legendary singer/songwriter pat mAcdonald (Timbuk3), Jane Wiedlin, (Go-Go's) Eric McFadden, (Animals, P-Funk), Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne) Jim Schwall, Louise Goffen and Kim Mannning (P-Funk).
In October, 2009 Bruce wrote, recorded and performed with noted drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, Crowded House), Kim Manning (P-Funk) and Lantz Lazwell (Jam Factory) at the DARK SONGS Festival in Wisconsin.
In June of 2010 Bruce was honored to record for the first time with "The Kid Fantastic" Noah Engh, Anna Sacks, Scotty Lund, Steve Smith and Troy Therrien at the Steel Bridge SongFest in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.. His band West Side Gypsys (Bruce, Jeremy Reaves, Rene Pynaert) also performed on the main stage backed by noted drummer Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow, David Lindley).
Bruce again performed at The Steel Bridge Songfest 2014 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin with LA's GrooveSession and a host of other musicians.
Legendary singer/songwriter pat mAcdonald (Timbuk3) says this about Bruce in a quote from The South Bend Tribune dated October 3rd, 2009: "He reminded me of my friend Stan Ridgway (of Wall of Voodoo) with his crazy sort of bent lyrics and crazy storytelling. Bruce’s stuff comes off like folk art, like outsider art. In my mind, he’s an outsider writer, and that’s the thing I liked. There’s something very playful about his stuff, which I really liked when I first heard it, and still do.”
Bruce is owner and President of the independent record label SB United LLC. SB United proudly represents the interests of artists pat mAcdonald, Timbuk3, Bruce Reaves, West Side Gypsys, Charlie Cheney and the Significant Otters, melaniejane and The Legendary Sons Of Crack Daniels.
Bruce is also proud to be a member of HOLIDAY MOTEL MANAGEMENT LLC, owners of the historic HOLIDAY MUSIC MOTEL and THE TAMBOURINE LOUNGE in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, home of The Steel Bridge Songfest. www.holidaymusicmotel.com
Bruce released his 4th album "Zero To Sixty" in June 2015. Here's a review by noted artist Dale O'Dell. "The music is minimalist with twangy guitars. Vocals are a reverb-heavy blend of Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. The lyrics are dark, funny, occasionally cynical or often introspective. It’s hard to categorize Bruce Reaves ---this ain’t no sugary bubblegum pop, blues based rock or commercial-country-folk. Bruce Reaves new CD, “Zero to Sixty,” fills a unique niche in modern, independent music. Undiluted and a little raw the fourteen short songs on this CD comment on life, death, aging and many of the things we think about but rarely say out loud. Yup, Bruce has taken all those dark and unspoken things, set them to music and given them right back to us with his own special twist. And it’s good stuff! “Zero to Sixty” is nutritious and tasty and deserving of multiple spins in the CD player. Recommended! Buy it for the great music or the cool cover artwork, either way you win!"
Bruce is also recording an album with his project West Side Gypsys. The album will be called "The Campfire Collection" and will feature noted Los Angeles percussionist Manny Sanchez who is also a member of the national touring and recording band GroovsSession.