Making Music

Nashville artist Reynolds finds newfound fame in Madison, Ind.

The Mavericks founder plans new CD release party

(November 2020) – Although he may be best known as one of the founders of the country band The Mavericks, Robert Reynolds is a talented solo artist in his own right. He is on the verge of releasing a new album, something his fans have long hoped for from this versatile artist.
A Release Party is set to air on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, from the Madison Buy Sell Trade store at 303 W. Main St. in Madison, Ind. It will feature songs from “The Wait,” his first album in seven years.
“We’ll play the whole album through,” said Shawn Coghill, owner of Madison Buy Sell Trade. The program will be broken up by mini-videos to showcase each song.

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Musician and songwriter Robert Reynolds settled in Madison, Ind., after a long career in Nashville, Tenn.

After battling drug addiction, Reynolds said he moved to Madison to heal. He discovered the town in 2014 and met his future wife, visual artist Michelle Wind, in a crowded Indianapolis bar. She’s a native of Switzerland County, Ind., where she grew up on a farm.
“Love brought me here. Michelle stood by me when most people didn’t. She’s the subject of most of this record,” said Reynolds, 58.
“This town is a great place to find wellness and tranquility.” He said Madison also “stimulated my sense of history. I’ve always been a traveler. Music took me around the world. I believe Madison is a creative place.”
What Reynolds found was a new life. “I didn’t think music was that important or a priority at that time,” he said. After spending decades in the spotlight, “I went through a period of four years where music was not important to me.”
But once he decided to focus on his own health and well being, he met the locals, and it opened his eyes to his future. “I reset and recalibrated what matters to me. It’s not about having a song on the charts or the money, the tours.” That’s why the current album “is not made for the masses, it’s made for the few.”
For the Facebook Live event, “Robert will talk about himself, the history of the songs and what they mean to him, before we play each song,” said Coghill. He has known Reynolds for some time, since “Robert is actually a customer and has been coming in for years to buy antiques and musical gear from us. He’s also been on our podcast a few times over the years.”
Coghill said that “over time we developed a friendship, and it just expanded.” One day they started talking about doing something together. He knows we do videos for Facebook, and it went from there and we thought we’d do a live premier.”
Reynolds said “this record is permeated by an amplifier I bought at Madison Buy Sell Trade. It’s where I amassed the tools of my art.”
Reynolds knows that by premiering the album in this way, his friends in Nashville, Tenn., Australia, London and all over the world, will be able to hear it. “They’ll all see this performance from a tiny little town in Indiana.” And that makes him very happy.
Coghill said he “got an early edition of the album. He loves rock n’ roll, and it showcases his love of music in general.”
Reynolds performs with his band, Sixty Seven Sun, and is the principle writer and singer of the songs. The end result is a creative collaboration with his band. “Your band is the part of you that knows how to interpret you. I stand by the record.”
Reynolds said of the new album, “I didn’t make the record for how many might sell. Instead, I made the record from my heart.” Presale orders began a month ago for the CD, which costs $15.
One of his favorite songs is “When I Can’t Love Myself.” He said it spells out what it is like to have no one left, nobody to stand beside you when you ask “will you be there?” He said that one person for him who will always be there is his wife.
“The great thing about Robert is that he has an appreciation for the history of music,” said Coghill. “This album has some of his favorite feelings for music in it.”
Reynolds is a seven-time Grammy nominee and Grammy winner, having also won multiple CMA and ACM awards. He’s also a professional composer, having scored 30 children’s films for the Scholastic company. He was briefly married to fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood from 1994-1999.
In one of Coghill’s podcasts for Madison BST (Babble Scuttlebutt Talk), Reynolds revealed that he grew up in Kansas City, Mo. “I was born into a family of collectors,” he said, which is probably what drew him to Madison Buy Sell Trade. The shop features new, antique and vintage items such as jewelry, coins, toys, comics, cards, video games, vinyl records, electronics and musical instruments.
In 2012 Reynolds even helped create a TV show on CMT called “Raiders of Rock.” He teamed with music historian Stephen M. Shutts to travel across the United States in search of music history’s most collectable finds. They scoured local flea markets and garage sales in search of personal and sometimes valuable music memorabilia.
Reynolds has been playing and gigging for more than three decades and said he is thrilled to be putting out relevant music “that is still a part of the music business.” He helped found The Mavericks, a band that in 1989 combined Tex-Mex, neotraditional country music, Latin and rockabilly.
Between 1991 and 2003, the band recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996’s “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez.
The band split up in 2000, reuniting in 2003-2004 before splitting up a second time. The Mavericks reunited again, but Reynolds left for good in October 2014.
He said of his experience with the band, “I’m so blessed to have been a part of that. My brother still works for The Mavericks. I’ll always be tied to them. It was the single most powerful thing that happened to me.”
Now as a solo artist, “I think people are going to enjoy his new album,” said Coghill. “It showcases a lot of different styles of music.”
At this point in life Reynolds, said he “doesn’t really see a career in music so much, but I do want to continue to express myself in music. My five-year plan is to write a book,” a sort-of memoir of his music and childhood. “If I had to do it all over again, I would.”

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