Placerville duo The Method will be performing at a special tribute concert to the late David Rea at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Rea, who many in El Dorado County remember from his performances at the Placerville Folk Festival and from a series of house concerts, died the day after his 65th birthday on Oct. 25.
His album “Shorty’s Ghost” was recorded partly live at one of the Placerville house concert and partly at Eat A Fig Studio. The album was produced and engineered by Michael Knapp of The Method. Knapp also played bass on the album.
Rea had a truly remarkable career having been guitarist for Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, Fairport Convention, Clancy Brothers, Mike Seegar, Joni Mitchell, Rambling Jack, Bob Gibson, Jessie Winchester and many others. He is perhaps most famous a co-writer of the song “Mississippi Queen.”
While his last two albums “Shorty’s Ghost” and “David X 7″ (with cover art by Joni Mitchell) were produced by Michael Knapp, his album “Slewfoot” was produced by Bob Weir (with instrumental help from the Grateful Dead and the New Riders).
“Maverick Child” and “By The Grace Of God” were produced by Felix Pappalardi (with intrumental help from Mountain and The Rascals).
During Rea’s days living in Toronto he was roommates with a pre-Buffalo Springfield Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Tommy Chong.
Knapp said the music world lost a great talent with the passing of Rea. He will be greatly missed.
Also confirmed for the show will be Riley and Maloney and Tom May. With Rea’s past associations special guests are expected.