Local musician J.D. Reager has made the rounds, performing as a sideman in innumerable local and regional bands, including Pezz, Glossary, and (currently) Two Way Radio, working behind the scenes with Makeshift Music, and recording local bands via his Unclaimed Recordings.
But this week, he celebrates the release of his first solo album, the poetically titled The Repechage (a French term meaning "to save" that refers to the practice of the "fastest losers" advancing to the next round in sports contests).
On The Repechage, Reager, a frequent Flyer contributor, displays a deft touch with melodic, straightforward indie/alt rock, assisted by his live band, the Cold-Blooded Three along with a who's-who of local musicians, including members of Lucero and Snowglobe. The album features two covers that also reference Reager's local-music immersion: a leaner take on Snowglobe's "Regime" and a reading of John Murrys excellent, unreleased "It Ain't Alright."
Reager and band celebrate the release of The Repechage Friday, November 21st, with a CD-release party at Nocturnal, located at the corner of Madison and Avalon in Midtown, in the former Antenna club building. Rounding out the bill will be Two Way Radio, the Bulletproof Vests, and Mary Jordan.
-- Chris Herrington