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Blues singer Reed to perform in Sautee
Blues singer Francine Reed will bring her soulful sound to Sautee Nacoochee this Saturday.

Francine Reed

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12

Where: Sautee Nacoochee Community Association theater, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee

How much: Show and pre-show reception, $32 members, $38 nonmembers; general admission, $20 members, $26 nonmembers.

More info:, 706-878-3300

Legendary blues singer Francine Reed will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association theater.

The Chicago-born singer was raised in Phoenix and began singing professionally with her family at age 5, contining into her teens. She appeared with Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and The Crusaders.

In 1985, friends introduced her to Lyle Lovett, who was seeking a female vocalist for his new band. She toured with Lovett for 10 years as a member of his Large Band, and made several TV performances with the Texas singer-songwriter.

Reed also has appeared on recordings by Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison.

After moving to Georgia in the 1990s, she released her first solo album, “I Want You to Love Me.” Reed has received the W.C. Handy Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominations. She was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1997.

Reed also got a few other nice breaks, including the chance to do some singing for TV commercials. Tom Cruise cranks her album up in a scene from the 1993 movie, “The Firm.”

Reed’s two albums for Ichiban Records include I Want You to Love Me (1995) and Can’t Make It on My Own (1996). The former features a duet with bandleader Lovett, while the latter includes a duet with McClinton.

She returned in 1999 with “Shades of Blue” on the Intersound label.

In 2001 following the demise of Ichiban Records, Reed and longtime collaborator Marvin Taylor re-recorded some of her best material live in the studio and released the results as “I Got a Right! ... To Some of My Best.” Ichiban was resurrected in 2002 and released “American Roots: Blues,” a compilation of her first two records

Guests can purchase attendance to a pre-show “meet and greet” with Reed at a 6:30 p.m. reception in the Folk Pottery Museum.

Tickets for the show and reception are $32 for members, $38 for nonmembers, and include beer and wine, light hors d’oeuvres and reserved seats.

General admission tickets are $20 for members, $26 for nonmembers.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the SNCA box office at 706-878-3300.