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S1E6: Sam Reed on Liner Notes

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

'This is Love': Singer, Sam Reed works with her RVA friends to write songs that connect w/ souls

Singer from Richmond, Va. Sam Reed can be found as the front-woman for some of RVA's best bands. On 'Liner Notes', Sam goes over the creative process of working with friends to write and record music and reflects on her musical journey.

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Sam Reed Pop-Up Liner Notes (Season 1, Episode 6)

1.6.1) Ant The Symbol: Music Producer in Richmond with an initial start in Hip Hop but has produced for all genres.

1.6.2) DJ Harrison/ Devonne/ Chocolate: DJ Harrison is a music producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and most known for being a member of funk hip-hop band, Butcher Brown. Co-founder of indie label Jellowstone Records. A guest on Liner Notes Season 1.

1.6.3) Carroll H. Ellis III: Bassist and Keyboardist, played in The Belief Band and the band for Calvin Presents.

1.6.4) Dee Dee Renee: Native Richmonder and radio personality

1.6.5) PhotoSynthesizers: aka The Ropes-Of- Dope is a Hip-Hop Rock Duo out of Richmond, Va. The group consists of its co-founding members, Maurice "Barzencode" Osion (lyricist) and Josh Bryant (producer). Barz and Bryant have remained the core of the group since its inception, but have surrounded themselves with a family of musicians for their live shows over the years.

1.6.7) KINGS: Producer DJ Harrison & Kelli Strawbridge (KSTRAW) of KINGS, describe themselves as willing channels “for all the forgotten musicians who never got their rightful place in history, but their souls live on through our music.” The members of the live band have performed and/or recorded with Kendrick Lamar, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Butcher Brown, NO BS, Snarky Puppy, Terrance Simean, Dirty Dozen Brass, Keller Williams, (U)nity & many more.

1.6.8) Main Line Brewery: Main Line offers an ever-changing selection of Main Line Brewery™ craft beer and hard seltzers along with a curated calendar of live entertainment. Enjoy good times in a wide-open venue with indoor and outdoor seating for you and all of your friends. 1603 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220

1.6.9) Butcher Brown: Their musical vibe blends jazz with hip hop, funk, rap, rock and soul. The group honors each musical genre and, at the same time, challenges traditional musical boundaries. Butcher Brown features Tennishu, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison.

1.6.10) Brambly Park: Brambly Park is an urban winery and oasis located in the northwest corner of Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood. In addition to eating and drinking with us, we host regularly scheduled events and live music performances. 1708 Belleville St, Richmond, VA 23230

1.6.11) Calvin Presents: Calvin Brown is an accomplished jazz pianist and singer-songwriter, native to Richmond, VA. They have a dynamic seven piece band that performs Calvin’s original music with influences from jazz, gospel music, neo-soul, hip-hop, alt rock and trap music. ​​

1.6.12) Marcus-David Peters Circle: Marcus-David Peters was a Virginia man shot and killed by police while unarmed, and was having a mental health crisis on May 14, 2018. His death sparked a movement in Richmond, VA calling for justice in his case and reforms to city policies, particularly when responding to mental health crises. It wasn’t until the uprising for Black liberation following the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer that the area surrounding the Robert E. Lee statue, the largest Confederate monument in the city of Richmond, was renamed in his honor. Richmond activists recognized that Peters’ death was a local example of the systemic police brutality which also killed Floyd.

1.6.13) NO BS! Brass: is a powerful brass band that braces the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk. Their danceable arrangements are outstandingly well thought-out and organized, drawing inspiration from funk, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and Led Zeppelin. Marcus Tenney, Dillard Watt, Rob Quallich, John Hulley, Sam Koff, Reggie Pace....... Founder, David Hood, Reginald Chapman, Taylor Barnett, Stefan Demetriadis, Lance Koehler....Founder, Bryan Hooten

1.6.14) Dance Candy: When people want to dance, Dance Candy delivers the good stuff. This seven piece band features top-shelf talent, fresh energy and a song list as sweet and varied as a box of chocolates. ​​This band features an unstoppable charisma from male and female vocalists, incredible chops from a dynamic rhythm section, and sizzling trumpet energy that takes every crowd to party band dreamland.

1.6.15) Kenneka Cook: is a soulful singer who began creating music by using a loop machine and beatboxing as their accompaniment but is now backed by a full band during live performances. Cook bridges the gap between beat-driven sonics and melodic jazz

1.6.16) Ludacris: is an American rapper and actor. In his song “Area Codes” he claims to have friends in the Greater Richmond Area (804) and Hampton Roads metropolitan (757). We got something special here.

1.6.17) Bell Biv DeVoe: Bell Biv DeVoe, also known as BBD, is a 1990’s new jack swing music group formed from members of New Edition, consisting of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe.

Episode Credits


Host: Elijah Hedrick

Floor Director: Rian Moses-Hedrick

Audio Engineer: Gordy Michael

Camera Crew: Alex Bolton and Ian Ramprashad

Gofer: Jai Hedrick

Director of Photography: Elijah Hedrick

Editing: Elijah Hedrick

Motion Graphics: Rian Moses-Hedrick

Stop-Motion Animation: Rian Moses-Hedrick

Short Animations

'Inktober4' animation and beat by Theodore Taylor III

'Lego Dance Together' animation by Jai H.

'Boombox' by Rian L. Moses, Music "Never Alone" by Sam Reed

'Inktober27' animation and beat by Theodore Taylor III

'Inktober18' animation and beat by Theodore Taylor III

Music Credits

"Those Words" from 'This is Love' by Sam Reed

"Never Alone" from 'This is Love' by Sam Reed

"Love Ain't Free" from 'This is Love' by Sam Reed

"Post Lude" feat. Butcher Brown from 'This is Love' by Sam Reed

"Funkin for Jamaica" as performed by Butcher Brown and Sam Reed, live at Friday Cheers 2021

"The Camel" by Gordy Michael from 'Sketchbook'

"Liner Notes Theme" by Ant The Symbol

Honestly Smoked Diner Notes-"0.30" from album 'Dollar Bin Vol. 1' by Gordy Michael

HWC Sweet Shop Diner Notes- "0.14" from album 'Dollar Bin Vol. 2' by Gordy Michael

'Liner Notes' was created and produced by HearRVA LLC

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1 Comment

Moses Moses
Moses Moses
Feb 08, 2022

Nicely done interview with some great background info about Sam Reed, she has roots in the RVA music set fo’sho! Thumbs up to the team for a great episode!!

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