Christy Reid has been a member of Lou Reid and Carolina since 2002. She first joined the band as guitar player, moving to bass in 2005. Christy grew up in a musical family. Her family has a long history in the Union Grove area as being pickers and singers. Music was a part of most aspects of her life. Church, family gatherings, weekends spent at festivals...this was her life. Her grandfather Dewey Dowell was a well known old time fiddler, he won the first several fiddler's conventions at Union Grove. Her first cousin Kent Dowell was the banjo player for many years for Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen. As teenagers, Christy and her cousins formed a little family band, and along with help from Aunt Lois Shumaker and Uncle Franklin Rash, they played shows all over North Carolina. Christy enjoyed playing fiddler's conventions and into her early twenties played shows with 220 Connection out of Seagrove, NC as well as Southern Drive out of Lexington, NC. Late in 2001 Christy auditioned for Lou Reid, joining the band in February of 2002. Lou and Christy married in St. Augustine, Florida on April 12, 2004. Christy is the bass player for the band, providing lead and tenor vocals and handling most of the emcee work.
Trevor Watson came from a musical family and was indoctrinated into the world of bluegrass at an early age. His Dad and Mom both played the banjo, along with other musical instruments and would have pickin parties. His Dad would always say Trevor had no choice but to love bluegrass, because he had absorbed so much through osmosis. Trevor began playing banjo at age 8 when his Dad built him a small-scale banjo. Before joining Lou Reid and Carolina, Trevor performed with Blue Night, Foxfire Unlimited, and was a cast member at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach Trevor has anchored down Lou Reids sound on banjo for the last five years, also singing on the quartets. Trevor is the backbone of the band, keeping trips lively and always being the consumate professional.
Marcus Smith, Born in Gate City, Virginia, in the back door to where the birth of country music was born. Marcus started his career in the bluegrass circuit with the Larry Stephenson band. In 1992 He became a member of Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina playing bass, singing lead and high harmony. After a couple of years, he decided to continue his education at ETSU where he met his lovely wife Christy.
Marcus and Christy have two children Anna and Christopher. They currently make their home in Gate City, VA.
After 22 years apart, he has come back home to play guitar with Lou Reid and Carolina and we're so proud to have him onboard! Marcus is such a talented musician and a great guy to boot. I'm sure that you will enjoy his singing, musicianship and personality onstage with Lou Reid and Carolina.