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Fred Reif | Author | Musician

Born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, and now living in Essexville, Michigan, after living in Ann Arbor for 29 years. I have been a rubboard player and percussionist since 1967, although started out on drums when I was 12. My first band was "The Original, Low-Class, Half-Fast, Jug & Blues Band." Performed with many types of musicians and bands; Blues, Zydeco, Irish, Ukranian, Folk, Bluegrass, Reggae, Caribbean, Polka, and everything in between.

I have traveled all over the world with legendary blues man, Lazy Lester, who I managed and booked for over 30 years. Also, went on many trips to Europe with other blues artists. 


My research on the history of the Blues in Detroit, began in 1970.  I booked gigs for, and interviewed a number of the greats: Lightnin' Slim, Lazy Lester, Arthur Gunter, Baby Boy Warren, Boogie Woogie Red, Bobo Jenkins, Dr. Ross, Washboard Willie, Eddie Burns, Little Daddy Walton, 'Rabbit' Johnson, and later, Chicago Pete, Sir Mack Rice, Robert Jones, Johnny 'Yard Dog' Jones, Calvin Cooke; and the former 1940s child prodigy, pianist, Frank 'Sugar Child' Robinson. From Saginaw, Frank Washington, Larry McCray & the McCray Brothers, and Sharrie Williams. From Toledo, Ohio, the Griswold Brothers.

At the same time, I was researching the music of Mid-Michigan.

In August of 2014, I published my first book;  All Of Me - A History of the Musicians From Saginaw, Michigan 1850s -1950s. In 2019, I published my second book: "Tell 'em 'bout the blues."


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