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Rocker Melissa Reaves Collaborates Widely And Performs Passionately

Melissa Reaves
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Melissa Reaves
Melissa Reaves
Credit Courtesy of Melissa Reaves
Melissa Reaves

Melissa Reaves is a blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll artist whose passion for entertaining has led her to perform more than 200 shows each year. She is an independent musician who collaborates widely throughout her adopted state of North Carolina and has released seven albums.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Boone’s resident rocker Melissa Reaves who plays live from the Triad Stage in Greensboro accompanied by percussionist Chaisaray Schenck.

Reaves takes what she calls a “deconstructionist” approach to music. She infuses her original songs with elements of blues, jazz and rock. Her track "New Rock Song" was placed on the 55th Grammy Awards nomination ballot in 2012 for Best Rock Performance. That same year her collaborative project with The Meldavians, an album entitled “Farewell Arigemon,” was also placed on the official Grammy nomination ballot for Best Rock Song and Best Americana Album.

Reaves performs tonightat Lucky 32in Greensboro at6 p.m.She will also perform onFriday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.at the Songwriters Showcase in Newland, North Carolina and at2 p.m.onSunday, Aug. 20at Camp Carolina in Brevard. She'll return to Greensboro for O’Henry’s Jazz Series onSaturday, Aug. 26. Host Frank Stasio talks with Boone’s resident rocker Melissa Reaves, accompanied by percussionist Chaisaray Schenck,about staying the course in the constantly changing music industry.

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Jennifer Brookland is a temporary producer for The State of Things.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.