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The Upbeat: Alto Reed's New Band

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2009

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Name: Reed & Dickinson Band

Formed: 2007 in Detroit

Sound: "Detroit classic rock -- tomorrow's classic rock today," according to saxophonist Alto Reed of Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band.

Members: Reed -- saxophone, vocals, percussion; Steve Dickinson -- vocals, guitar; Bobby East -- guitar; Jeff "Shakey" Fowlkes -- drums; Bernie Palo -- keyboards; Roger Noonan -- bass; Barbara Payton and Cheryl Lescom -- backing vocals.

History: The group is an outgrowth of Reed's Rock and Roll All-Stars, which featured several other Silver Bullet Band members as well as Dickinson, who hails from Ontario and "amazed" Reed with his voice. "He's a storyteller that reminded everybody of Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, in that tradition," Reed notes. Seger's 2006-07 tour dispersed the All-Stars, but Reed and Dickinson continued to work together and subsequently tied in with the Ford Motor Company via a new after-market product called the TaleGator for F-150 pickup trucks. Reed and Dickinson -- helped by local rock luminaries such as Jim McCarty, Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, Jimmie Bones, Ty Stone and the Motor City Horns -- cut a debut album, "Tonight We Ride," in February at Detroit's Harmonie Park studios, which features seven Dickinson originals and four songs by disabled Scottish rocker Frankie Miller that were recorded with his longtime guitarist Ray Minhinnett.

Driven a Ford Lately?: The Reed & Dickinson Band's tie-in with Ford will include distribution of the album (free with TailGator purchases) as well as performances at tailgate parties before National Football League games and NASCAR races. "We're not just out there trying to be a new band," Reed says. "It's a combination of energies that's all about Detroit and music and the auto industry and putting people back to work and giving something back. We see it as an opportunity to market our music and have a huge audience and show something that's good about Detroit, too."

See 'em: The Reed & Dickinson Band makes its live debut during the Woodward Dream Cruise at 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 15) on the Ford Stage at 300 E. Nine Mile Road, just east of Woodward by the Ferndale City Hall.

Hear 'em: Until "Tonight We Ride" is released, the group's music can be heard at www.reverbnation.com

Surf 'em: www.facebook.com/Reed-Dickinson-Band

Web Site: www.facebook.com/Reed-Dickinson-Band

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