You know what? It’s Friday. And it’s officially the second day of summer. It’s a day when most of us should be—or wish we were—just taking it easy. So with that in mind, I’m doing something a little different here on Digital Addicts. Instead of posting about modern tech devices, video games, movies, and how people spy on a cell phone, I’m going to tell you about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
You see, I’m a fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. This series—which you can find on YouTube via the NPR Music channel—often features lesser known Americana, Folk, Country, Soul, and Indie-type musical acts. However, they also showcase well-known musicians like John Prine, the Cranberries, Billy Corgan, Chvrches, and more. All perform somewhat acoustically, which makes for a nice change from their often bloated-sounding studio albums. While I prefer this more stripped down format of acoustic guitar picking and strumming, I also like when you find something unique and unexpected. That is exactly what I came across when I watched comedian and musician, Reggie Watts.
Who Exactly Is Reggie Watts?
For those of you who don’t know, Reggie Watts leads the house band for CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden. He looks like how I imagine NBA star James Harden would look like in the off-season.
On Corden’s show, Watts takes a backseat to the likable television host. However, when he appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert in 2012, he stood front and center with just a mic, a mixer, some loop and delay pedals, and his voice. What he created was an improvised-on-the-spot set of soulful songs that will get your heart thumping and your brain grooving. While I’m not a fan of his second song, numbers one and three blew me away.
As someone who plays acoustic guitar (amateurishly), I usually eschew this type of music. I’m just not a fan of all the electronic dance and rap music that dominates the charts. But Reggie’s incredible style and performance captivated me. And the fact that he did it digitally made me realize that this is an excellent subject to cover on Digital Addicts.
Reggie Watts’ Performance On NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert
I know it’s an old performance, but to me, it’s legendary. So, without further ado, please feel free to enjoy the seemingly spontaneous sound skills of Mr. Reggie Watts at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert: