Eli Paperboy Reed
(Roberto Chamorro)
Eli Paperboy Reed
(Roberto Chamorro)

 

Eli “Paperboy” Reed may hail from Brookline, Massachusetts, but his soulful, gospel-tinged vocal delivery makes him sound like he’s a Southerner to the core. And that’s not so far off: At 18, Reed moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi, and became a sponge to the local Delta blues scene, hanging around the local juke joints. His path also led him to Chicago, where he spent a year as a minister of music at a church. He’s just released his latest album, My Way Home; and you can hear the lead single, “Cut Ya Down,” below. For more on Reed, click here.