"If youve given up on the Blues because you think youve heard it all before, pick up 'Tennessee' and let 46 Long show you otherwise." - Mike Breen, Citybeat
"Sexy, with Blues and Jazzy overtones" - Metromix
"Edgy acoustic Blues" - Cincinnati Enquirer
"Taylor once again proves hes one of the best Blues harmonica players in the region, playing the mouth harp like a saxophone, a vocal part, a rhythm guitar or pretty much any other instrument you can think of. " - Citybeat review of "Tennessee"
* "Off the Rack" #59 on WNKU's top 89 of 2010
*"Tennessee" #77 on WNKUs top 89 of 2012
** Cincinnati Entertaiment Award nominees 2003, 2010, 2012
*** Midpoint Music Festival showcase performers 2009, 2010
Find out why four mohawk-sporting punks crowding the stage at the 2009 Midpoint Music Festival were whooping and hollering and leading the cheers for....an acoustic Blues duo? Definitely NOT your usual Blues duo....You want 12 bar tales of woe? Forget it. Nothin' to see here, grandpa....We start with high-energy, soulful acoustic Blues and then take off from there. We'll get funky. We'll get Jazzy. We'll jam our butts off. Before you know it, you're moving your feet, and if you're lucky, you're having half as much fun as we are.
46 Long (Jonathan Reynolds Guitar/Vocals/happy feet, and Blake Taylor - Harmonica / Vocals / occasional nudity) has been supplying the greater Cincinnati area with high-energy semi-acoustic Blues since the spring of 2001. The duo released "Savor Every Second" in January 2003 and eventually went on to be nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) for Best Blues 2003. In 2007, the boys released Times Right, also to critical acclaim.
46 Long released "Off the Rack" in Summer 2010, which brought them both their second CEA nomination, and the album came in at #59 on WNKU's top 89 of 2010 - right in between Charlie Musselwhite and Will Kimbrough. Damn fine company, we think. Along with a handful of originals, the album includes nine of the band's favorite covers, including Blues classics from the likes of Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf as well as original arrangements of songs from artists such as Morphine, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone.
A new CD of original tunes, "Tennessee," Was released August 2012.
Once dubbed "the finest dancing White Boy in all of Boston" by Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Jonathan's musical roots trace mainly to Knoxville where he played with Defenders of the Faith, the late Sarah Jordan's "Jordan Project," and hosted the regionally famous Sassy Ann's Blue Jam. He also spent several years playing guitar (among other things) in West Africa.
Blake, a native New Yorker, left his classical voice and piano training behind to play Rock and Blues for tipsy dancing babes in smoky late-night clubs. Nice work if you can get it. Along the way, Blake fronted Smokestack Lightning in northern England, Blues Cult in Cincinnati, and various other "hired harp" work with Ricky Nye, Noah Wotherspoon, Mary Ann Kindel, Cheryl Renee, and Jon Justice. Blake has also been asked to sit in with Spoon, Noah Sugarman, and Jason Ricci on their visits to Cincinnati
46 Long promises a good time and a professional attitude. We've spent enough time playing music and have seen too many bands who don't take their work seriously. We guarantee that we will be on time, courteous to all concerned, and play to the best of our ability at every show. Simply put... no B.S. or music egos.
Sure, there are other guitar/harp Blues duos out there, but somewhere since our beginnings in 2001 as an acoustic Blues group, weve become something different. We hope you like it. We may be over-educated middle class white boys, but somewhere along the line we learned to throw down anyway. We want the groove just as much as our fans do, if not more. If you don't believe us, just give us a shot... if we don't deliver, hell, we'll buy you a beer.
Oh, and the name? Put it this way, at 6'3" and 220 lbs, Blake is the little one.
46 Long is available as a 2, 3, or 4 piece arrangement. Come see us the first Friday of every month at Arnold's Bar and Grill!
Past and Present Venues include: Midpoint Music Festival; Arnolds; Southgate House; WNKU; Paxton's Grill; Western and Southern Open; Ft. Thomas Pub, Mahogany's; East End Cafe; Coco's; Glendale Pub; Jazzmania; Ridge Day Festival; Acoustic Lunch Series at Piatt Park; City BBQ; The Madison Theater; Hamilton County Parks various venues, Starbucks; the Pendleton Gallery; and many other highly selective music venues....