Open Country is the moniker of Long Beach based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sterling Reed.

Reed, 23, has been involved in music for over a decade. “When I was 10 years old, my dad taught me some guitar chords, and then made me practice for a year. I hated it. But at the end of that year, I couldn’t put the guitar down, and now I’m so thankful for my father’s foresight. Since then, music has become such a big part of me. It is a way for me to process, explore, and communicate how I’m feeling.”

Sterling has recently released the debut Open Country full-length album “Out of the Wilderness: A Series of Beginnings.” Music blog writes that the album “represents the best of indie-folk music mixed in with splashes of country and indie-rock.” Influenced heavily by The National, Local Natives, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, and Bright Eyes, Reed wrote, recorded, and mixed the entire album in three weeks. “I just got tired of searching for the ‘right drummer,’ and people’s schedules and goals never lined up. Then I realized I was already able to play all the instruments that I wanted in an album, so I gave it a shot.”

From here Sterling plans on recording his second full-length album, to be released this summer. He hopes to eventually get a band together to tour with.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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