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    Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:58:09

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    Where's my $2? Anyone else get the Better Off Dead paperboy reference? Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce it has signed singer-songwriter and guitarist Eli "Paperboy" Reed to its roster. The Boston-born, Mississippi-and Chicago-bred Reed has two previous albums under his belt.

    Reed is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut album for Warner Bros. Records, which he produced himself with his guitarist Ryan Spraker. The album represents a sonic evolution beyond the singer's soulful roots, taking his affinity for classic Chicago R&B and blending it with the ebullience of modern pop music.

    "I think my style, and in particular my approach, have changed pretty dramatically over the course of the writing of this album," Reed says. "But I still come back to the main elements that I believe are paramount to the creation of a good song: strong melodies, powerful turns-of-phrase, and dynamics. Earlier in my career, I used those principles mostly to create genre pieces. Even if I wasn't basing an idea off a particular song that already existed, I was working within the preexisting framework of rhythm and blues. When Ryan and I started working on writing songs for this album, I didn't intend to throw out the rule book, but I wanted to do my best to work without a set of parameters other than the ones I mentioned above. Songs with those hallmarks exist in all styles and genres so that was pretty freeing unto itself."

    Are you looking forward to learning more about and hear more Eli "Paperboy" Reed?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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