Chicago Folk & Alt-Country
"'Love Won't Hold You Down' carries a Will Hoge and David Gray pop/rock recipe to success." - 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
"'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
"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
Born and raised in the near south suburbs of Chicago, songwriter 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 Jeff Tweedy, Gillian Welch, Merle Haggard, Damien Jurado, Ray Davies, John Steinbeck, and Bob Dylan. His original song 'Outside (Not in Here)' was featured in the 2010 feature film Janie Jones, staring Abigail Breslin.
In August 2020, the single '60625' was released, featuring Brian Wilkie (Hoyle Brothers) on pedal steel guitar. This song marked Mike's first release of new music in nine years.
University of Chicago (Hyde Park), 2019
Busking in Chicago, 2019