In Person captures Harvey Reid's live performances on two discs, including over an hour of unreleased material. Reid performs songs and instrumentals, mostly as a soloist, but also with friends. His renowned fingerstyle guitar is featured on many cuts, including "Red in the Sky" and a fresh version of "Summertime." Blues are featured prominently throughout this album, on the rousing "Duncan & Brady," the ragtime-flavored "Police Dog Blues," and a fun reworking of the Rolling Stone's "Spider and the Fly." There's slide guitar on "Clyde," which has more in common with Delta blues than Waylon Jennings' version, and a fascinating bluesy rendition of Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man." The blues material seems perfectly suited for Reid's vocal delivery. These discs also give a flavor of his rapport with the audience, most notably on the ten-minute "Cocaine Blues" which he dedicates to everyone from joggers to Mrs. Juan Valdez. He shows his appreciation for traditional material with an 11-minute rendition of "Archibald MacDonald/John Barleycorn," with a nice vocal added. Lynn Rothermich contributes harmony on several songs, including the country flavored "My Louisiana Love." Brian Silber and Rick Watson offer instrumental support on several tunes, including the lively "Maggots in the Sheepshide/Fisher's Hornpipe." In Person also showcases Reid's self-penned songs such as the pleasing "Show Me the Road" and "To the Western Wind." While these two disc may not be the least expensive way to introduce oneself to Reid, they probably do the best job of representing the multiple talents of this contemporary minstrel.
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AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2