Local blues rocker and songwriter Patty Reese says the follow-up to her Washington Area Music Award-winning 2009 album, “Strong Medicine,” will be a little more personal.
“I think the goal is to be more vocally intimate, to sound like you’re there with me,” says Reese, who lives in Colesville in Montgomery County.
Reese will perform with her band some of her new material on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
Reese says she recently signed with the Creative and Dreams Music Network in Nashville, which is looking for more of a focus on Reese in the next album expected in January.
Vocalist Reese, who also plays acoustic guitar, says that will be a change for her, because she likes to showcase her bandmates by creating the space for them to do solos.
“Musicianship is not nearly as celebrated as it used to be,” she says about the 1970s, when the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were in their heyday.
“Audiences loved hearing great players, and I’ve always had the best,” says Reese about her bandmates.
They include Dave Chappell, lead guitar; Sonny Petrosky, bass; Brian Simms, keyboard; and Andy Hamburger, drums.
On the set list for the BlackRock concert is “Last Call for Love,” which she wrote and dedicated to people serving with the American armed forces.
The band also expects to perform some of the songs from “Strong Medicine,” which won a Wammie for Album of the Year, along with Reese winning Artist of the Year and Roots Rock Vocalist Wammie awards in 2009.
Reese says she and the band travel to more than 225 venues a year in the mid-Atlantic, going as far north as New York and over to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Reese also says she’s glad to be returning to BlackRock, where she has performed before but in an outdoor performance.
Thursday’s show will be her first time on stage at the theater.
“It’s very intimate and welcoming,” she says about the space, which seats 210 people and has a balcony.
“This is a sit-down, ticketed event,” Reese says. “It’s definitely a concert.”
“It’s not the regular thing I do, but it’s a welcome thing on my calendar,” she says.