Q&A Scene: Paul Reid

Tell us about your new EP?

My new EP is called Nowhere Towns. For me, each song is a personal reflection and ‘Nowhere Towns’ is my last chance to get everything off my chest. For years, I’ve been holding on and writing songs about past experiences, old relationships and things I’ve done. I want to write about things I have to look forward to now.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

I’m truly proud of my new single ‘Settle Down Boy’. It really captures the toe tapping and jovial sounds of country folk. The video we shot for the single was heaps of fun and is due out on Feb 15.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I was driving with my whole band in the car when we were playing in Sydney during my last East Coast Tour. I decided to do a quick U-turn because there was no traffic coming. Unfortunately for me and the band, the reason there was no traffic coming was because it was a one-way road. Yep, I U-turned into four lanes of oncoming traffic! Lucky for us there was the smallest lane way I could quickly turn into. I seriously just avoided us having a massive crash. Once in the Alley way, a pedestrian went out of his way to chase us down the alley screaming “What’s wrong with you!”. It’s funny to talk about now!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

A Sunday Roast. A reliable meal that you can share and find comfort in amongst family and friends.

What, or who, inspires you?

I get inspired by nostalgia, especially the memories created (true or made up) by human relationships. I also think the idea of taking things for granted can always influence me to come up with an idea for a new song too.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Oh My Sweet Carolina- Ryan Adams

What’s next for you?

My EP Launch for Nowhere Towns is happening on Sunday February 19 at The Workers Club in Fitzroy 1-5pm. I’ll be supported by Little Wise and Darcy Fox.

What’s your scene?

Folk/ Americana. I also surround myself and my music with musicians from their own scenes including Jazz, blues and African/ World music.


After the successful release of his 2014 debut EP ‘Vines’ and two East Coast Australian tours, country-folk artist Paul Reid​ is releasing his second EP ‘Nowhere Towns​’ delivering toe-tapping grooves and intricate guitar picking.

The rolling five-track EP was recorded over a year and a half at Melbourne’s Pughouse Studios. John Bedggood​ (The Wilson Pickers) best known for his work on Bernard Fanning​’s Aria Award winning album​, ‘Tea and Sympathy’, laid-down violin and mandolin on a few tracks. ‘Nowhere Towns’ is a collection of catchy light melodies and visceral tales that demonstrates Reid’s songwriting finesse.

See Paul Reid at his EP launch:

Sunday 19th Feb:​ Workers Club, Melbourne http://theworkersclub.oztix.com.au/?eventId=69703

Order Nowhere Towns on CD and Vinyl now at:

‘Nowhere Towns’ will be released today through independent record label Boundary Records

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