Eli “Paperboy” Reed – Nights Like This
Admirers have likened Eli “Paperboy” Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, but he’s not merely trying to recreate a sound — Reed is channeling his influences and inspirations into making something all his own. “For me,” saysReed, “it’s all about writing pop songs. Soul music was the greatest pop music of the 20th century. I’m not trying to put anything on; this is what comes out, this is what happens”Nights Like This, which Reed produced with his guitarist and longtime collaborator Ryan Spraker, represents a sonic evolution beyond the singer’s soulful roots, taking his affinity for classic R&B and blending it with the ebullience of modern pop music – big beats, choppy samples, but plenty of old school charm and a killer voice. Nights Like This features the single “WooHoo” as well as “Shock to the System” which was co-written with Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums.