A blues musician who stretches the limits of the genre, "Little" Herbert's story is an East Village one, closely tied to the beating heart of the late 70s to 80s downtown NYC rock scene.
Born in Florida, raised in upstate New York, Herbert came down to NYC and started a rock record label called Cheektowaga Records in 1979. A black man in the rock scene of the late 70's, you better believe he has some stories to tell.
His stories come to life in both the forefront and the margins of his first ever EP "A Complicated Man". Because, he is simply that. Complicated. Just like his approach to blues, mixing incredible players with non-traditional elements to thrillingly obscure the enigma at the music's center.
Re-read the first sentence of that last paragraph. "A Complicated Man" is his FIRST ever EP. His story is so linked to the thread and blood of The New York music scene, yet (apart from a cover of Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On" under the name Dane Electrick) it contains precious little recorded music of his own. You can draw quick lines from Herbert to groups like Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Mothers of Invention, Xica Jool, Zane Campbell and more, yet you'd have a harder time drawing lines back to the man himself.
That's because he chose to spend energy on molding music careers, something he still does, only now he's devoting that same persistent entrepreneurial spirit to his own sound. "A Complicated Man" doesn't complete this vital story, it's just the most important chapter.
" Little" Herbert a.k.a. Dane Electrik a.k.a Next Generation a.k.a. Cheektowaga Music Productions, Ape records, Snap records CC. Records, Hawk records, Box 7 - etc.
This is my dumping ground for demos and rough ideas, with a few professionally released tracks here and there. My label www.cheektowagamusic.com is a good place to learn more about me and my music.
All music copyrighted by me Herb V Reid, BMI except where otherwise noted - for precise and clear information refer to the label attached to the product. all "demo's" are c. Herb Reid, for R & B Records Cheektowaga productions
I started piano lessons at the age of 7 first with Mr, Daniel Smith, an affable and sophisticated black man of a medium brown complexion. He'd take us to see the B.P.O at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo with Lukas Foss conducting ( much later in life I was a frequent house guest of Mr, Foss and his partner )
My sisters started with me, but had no interest in it, so when for whatever reason I changed teachers my sisters dropped out.
My new teacher was Mrs. Elett Dixon, whose enduring claim to fame was having appeared at Carnegie Hall. I studied with her from the age of 9 to 17, she taught me as much as I would learn...
I did not like the lessons, hence I did not learn as much as I could have, still life as a musician was amazing and full of despair at the same time.
Remember there is always 3 sides to every story, my side, your side, and the truth. Peace out.
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"Little" Herbert’s tracks