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BC Music Goodie Bag: Scott Grimes, The Soft Reeds, and Matt Hires

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In this edition of the Goodie Bag we have video clips, news, contests, and tour dates for Scott Grimes, The Soft Reeds, and Matt Hires. There’s so much to share, let’s not waste any more time, and get on to the good stuff…

Scott Grimes: Drive

The EP Drive, released last week by the singer/songwriter/actor Scott Grimes is a culmination of years of experiences on life’s road for the songwriting team Grimes/(Dave) Harris according to the album’s page on CD Baby.

Even if you’re not familiar with the music (yet!) you’ll know Grimes from his roles on Band of Brothers, Party of Five and more recently, ER. He’s also the voice of Steve Smith on American Dad and appeared in the blockbuster Robin Hood with Russell Crow.

You may remember Blogcritics Music ran an in-depth interview that I conducted with Dave Harris in May of 2009, in which he talked about the songwriting relationship: “There’s something about the writing partnership. A lot of it is that we feel so comfortable together because we know each other so well. When you write it’s very personal and you have to let your guard down a little bit and expose yourself.”

I’ve been living with Drive for a week and have to say Harris’s description certainly applies. They tap into deep emotions and while the songs could be described as singer/songwriter material, they also reflect pop and light rock genres. I don’t often make recommendations here in the Goodie Bag, but for fans of the above mentioned genres, this is a must buy.

As announced by Scott Grimes today on twitter, fans are being asked to contribute video clips of themsleves singing the single “Hide” to be used in the upcoming video.

Here’s the tweet: “Wanna be in Scott Grimes video for “HIDE” gang? Film yourself singing it! Details are here

Drive Sneak Peak:


“What Love Is” Video:

Bonus Clip: Scott Grimes – “Sunset Boulevard”

If you want to catch Scott Grimes performing live, he’s been at some shows with The Band From TV. Fellow Blogcritic, Barbara Barnett, covered their Chicago performance last month.

Find Scott Grimes Online:
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Find Dave Harris Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Soft Reeds

Soft Reeds began as a new project for Ben Grimes (Golden Republic) and is now a full band, releasing their debut album Soft Reeds Are Bastards on July 13. An indie rock band, they also walk the line between this and a soulful, singer songwriter style.

Check out the Album Trailer:

Soft Reeds “This Affair” from Travis Wears on Vimeo.

After Golden Republic, Ben Grimes left Kansas City with his sights set on Nashville and faced many ups and downs before returning home and starting up The Soft Reeds. Soft Reeds Are Bastards will be released to iTunes today, July 13, and a tour is in the planning stages.

Matt Hires: The EP

On August 16, Matt Hires will be releasing his new EP, cleverly titled The EP to all digital retail outlets. He’s also recently launched his Official website.

While gearing up for the release, Hires will host a webcast and take questions from fans while performing some of The EP‘s tracks, as well as his two previous albums on July 28 at his website.

Don’t want to wait until August16, well then take a peek at the video below. He’s also gearing up for some live shows. July dates follow the video clip.

Matt Hires: “Let Me Sing You a Song”



July Concert Dates

14 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
27 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
29 – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
30 – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java

Find Matt Hires Online:

Website | MySpace | Twitter

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