MONDAY MARCH 31st
A live performance by The Reminders feels like a session in your living room, favorite coffee house or sanctuary. The Delaware trio’s sound has roots in blues, country, and gospel which they mix into a personal blend of Americana and folk rock. They’re all veteran musicians in their own right, but together they have an easy chemistry and love of making music that’s best experienced in concert.
Individually, they’ve been honored by the Recording Industry Association of America (The Grammy people), the National Endowment for the Arts, Billboard Magazine, ASCAP, BMI, and many others.
The members of The Reminders have years of collective experience on stage and in the studio in a variety of genres. Guitarist John Thompson’s songs have been recorded by major artists, including Johnny Cash, Amy Grant, Earl Scruggs and many others. He’s the primary songwriter for The Reminders, and sings high harmonies. Ed Shockley has been in the music business his entire life as a musician, singer, songwriter and producer. He performed with popular Delaware band Jack of Diamonds as well as his blue-eyed soul outfit Vinyl Shockley before exploring his more reflective and spiritual side as lead vocalist with The Reminders. The lower end, vocally and instrumentally, is held down by entertainment industry veteran Kevin Short’s rich baritone voice and bass guitar.
The group’s playing frames their gorgeous gospel-style harmonies, as the narrators of their songs wrestle with their demons, searching for something sacred and moments of grace.
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About The Band
The 1983 Grammy winning song "El Shaddai", was named one of the "Songs of the Century" by the RIAA, and the Gospel Song of the Decade (80's) by Billboard Magazine. It also won the Dove award for Song of the Year in 1982. He is a multiple Dove winner, including Song of the Year and Producer of the Year, and has received numerous Awards from BMI and ASCAP.
John has produced over thirty major albums in the Country, Pop, and Gospel fields for artists such as Earl Scruggs, the Bill Gaither Trio, Doug Oldham, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roseanne Cash, Mel Tillis, Bonnie Bramlett, the Burrito Brothwers... including Don Francisco's, Christian classic, "He's Alive". Now residing in Sussex County, Delaware "Tender" writes the songs, plays the guitar and sings the high part for the Reminders.
Ed Shockley has been in the entertainment business his entire life; as a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. After first establishing himself on the music scene in Delaware, Ed went on the road which included a 17 year stop in Manhattan, and now finds himself coming full circle, back to his Sussex County roots.
In the 70's and 80's his band, Jack of Diamonds, was the most popular on the scene, and his song "Dodge City" is still an anthem to many music fans in the mid-Atlantic region. After moving to New York, he signed a major record and publishing deal with RCA. As a member of SAG and AFTRA he has appeared on stage and television with his voice used in many radio and TV commercials. Back home, Ed has headlined the Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival and was recognized by the Delaware Celebration of Jazz Society as "The Ambassador of Music". Ed has recorded three CD's with his all original blue eyed soul band, "Vinyl Shockley." Now holding forth with The Reminders, "Gravel" explores and witnesses his more spiritual nature in his songwriting and performance.
Kevin Short - "An American by birth and a Sussex Countian by the grace of God", Kevin has roots in many aspects of the entertainment industry. Kevin opened his first recording studio in 1989, and subsequently a full scale concert/theatrical production company, providing sound, lights and production services for events all over the Eastern United States.
Kevin has produced recordings for RCA/BMG, Smithsonian Folkways, Sierra, and Rebel Records among many others. He is a voting member of the NARAS. His Gospel vocal credits include the 1990 release of "My Mother's Favorites" along with the late Anthony Burger, and the critically acclaimed 2001 release of "Little Is Much" featuring the Jordanaires and the Fairfield Four. Playing bass and singing for The Reminders, "Loud's" powerful, vocal talent expresses the spirituality of their original music.