Smith Park, Chicago • Photo by @lukios_k
Born in northwest Indiana and raised in the south Chicago suburb of Lansing, songwriter and vocalist Mike Reeb has shared the stage with Pieta Brown, Alejandro Escovedo, Brooke Annibale, Phoebe Bridgers, Andru Bemis, Joe Pug, Jeremy Messersmith, Bailey Williams, Gaby Moreno, Bill Mallonee, and Sleeping at Last at such notable venues as Double Door (Chicago), Hotel Café (LA), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Czar Bar (Kansas City), Listening Room Café (Nashville), Duffy's Tavern (Lincoln, NE), Fitzgerald's (Berwyn, IL), Brainwash Cafe (San Francisco), Frequency (Madison), Acadia Cafe (Minneapolis), Rumba Café (Columbus, OH), Cause A Scene (Nashville), Do317 Lounge (Indianapolis), Tonic Tavern (Milwaukee), and Schubas Tavern (Chicago).
Reeb's musical and song-writing influences include Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Gillian Welch, Jeff Tweedy, Damien Jurado, John Steinbeck, Ray Davies, and Bob Dylan. His 2006 original song 'Outside (Not in Here)' made its way into the 2010 feature film Janie Jones.
"'It's Been a Real Hard Year' is an acoustic reminder of Young's Harvest days, while the message and music of 'What Are You Fighting For?' and 'The City Would Win' pay homage, at least in part, to the grittier side of the influential Canadian." - NUVO Indianapolis, 2011
"He keeps drawing positive reviews and comparisons to music legends. Names like Dylan and Springsteen are often thrown out too loosely when used to describe up-and-coming artists. In Reeb's case, however, the connections may be warranted." - Chicago Tribune, 2008
"'Love Won't Hold You Down' carries a Will Hoge and David Gray pop/rock recipe to success." - NUVO Indianapolis, 2011
"While there never seems to be a shortage of earnest singer-songwriters ever so blatantly brandishing their tattered hearts on their worn and weathered sleeves, there are a surprisingly few as thoughtful and talented as Mike Reeb. With songs like the Dylan-esque ‘Ease Up Or Give Up The Fight,’ the tender ‘Oxford Street,’ and the sarcastic, yet introspective ‘Consequences,’ it's entirely possible that with these and the rest of the songs off Without The City Lights, the Midwest can have their very own Bruce Springsteen." - Illinois Entertainer, 2007
"Without The City Lights is a stripped down affair showcasing Reeb's songwriting with very little embellishment.... [He] has a pleading vocal tone that is reminiscent of early Bill Mallonee, which brings the longing out of songs like ‘Oh, We Need A Change’ and ‘Consequences.’ Without The City Lights exhibits a singer-songwriter who wears his influences on his sleeve, but doesn't slide into mimicry." - AmericanaRoots.com, 2006