• Born on a tobacco farm in Moore Springs, North Carolina.
  • Real last name: Pyrtle.
  • Birthday: September 13—same as Bill Monroe’s.
  • Began playing guitar at age seven.
  • Early 1970’s, had a band called The Bluegrass Buddies.
  • 1973-1979, played banjo with an Atlanta band called Southbound.
  • 1979, was a founding member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.
  • 1982-1986, was a member of the Ricky Skaggs Band.
  • 1986-1992, was lead singer and guitarist with The Seldom Scene.
  • 1991, released solo project When It Rains (Sugar Hill).
  • 1992, tried forming his own band, then worked briefly with Vince Gill and IIIrd Tyme Out.
  • 1992, formed Carolina with banjo player Terry Baucom. They recorded two albums as Lou Reid, Terry Baucom and Carolina.
  • 1996, released Lou Reid & Carolina album (Rebel).
  • 1997, returned to the Seldom Scene (replacing the late John Duffey).
  • 1998, re-formed Carolina (while continuing to perform with the Seldom Scene). He has continued to perform and record as Lou Reid and Carolina.
  • 2000, released Blue Heartache album (Rebel).
  • 2004, released Carolina, I’m Coming Home album (no label).
  • 2005, released Time album (Lonesome Day).
  • 2008, recorded and performed with Longview.
  • 2009, released My Own Set of Rules album (Rural Rhythm).
  • 2010, released Sounds Like Heaven to Me album (Rural Rhythm).
  • 2012, released Callin Me Back Home album (KMA).
  • 2013, released Live at the Down Home 20th Anniversary Concert album (KMA).
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