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The Reigns Band / Press


Johnny Hoebag - Spn

“There’s a craggily handsome quality to Reigns Band frontman Evan Melgaard’s voice—a smoky, weathered tenor, with hints of honey audibly seeping into the cracks of each croupy rasp. And like that voice, the music is—a mostly engaging mix of hippie-lite, singer-songwriter schmaltz, and workmanlike bar-band rock...“Luckiest Guy,” a Jack Johnson-esque vamp; the slinky, jazz-inflected “I’ve Been”; or “The Grass Is Greener,” a potent rocker built off an almost prog-rock riff. When the Reigns cleave to a sprier, nimbler, even—at some moments—a chancier approach, the results are exponentially more gratifying.Credit, too, the fact that the musicianship is sharp, unusually so for a trio of this ilk. Melgaard consistently pleases, and surprises, with lovely acoustic arpeggiations, jazzy comping, and judiciously deployed, off-kilter solo bursts. And the rest of the band is spot-on.”

"With a style on tunes like Texas Flood delving into the depths of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a punk-rock version of Rocky Top, the threesome ranged in scope from Led Zeppelin to country blues, never missing a step."

David Grimes - Knox-Seymour Times

“Inspired by a variety of guitar legends, the Reigns' music includes lots of technical and flashy instrumentation and stage theatrics. The band's live show is loaded with stunts that make its lengthy sets entertaining throughout.”

Jer Cole - Knox News

“Singer/guitarist/songwriter Evan Melgaard switches between a raw, naked blues tone and crunching hard-rock riffs on his band’s self-titled debut, and he’s got a burly, booming voice suited for both blues and rock.”

Matt Everett - The Metro Pulse

“Melgaard's gruff voice is soulful and filled with emotion. His guitar work is passionate and sure.”