Welcome to the Opie Reid website ... here to entertain you with mp3s, videos and information on the band (along with some of our friends and family)... enjoy!

Who is Opie?

   Which one is Opie?... is an honest question. All of them is the confusing yet accurate answer. Opie Reid is a band made up of four childhood friends from the sixties.

   From 1969 to 1971 Opie Reid performed at parties, concerts and several battle of the bands in the Springfield / Longmeadow area.

   After High School, the band broke up due to college and the draft. Three of the four gave up playing their instruments, while still having a love of music. The four members of the band remained good friends for the next 26 years.

   In 1997 a one shot performance for a birthday party led to the instruments being picked up again and the band reformed.

   Public live appearances are now reserved to several events every summer. The band plays in the spirit of when they were a neighborhood band back in the sixties. Getting together monthly as friends, to play the music they love is their main motivation.



About the music...

The music Opie Reid performs is a mixture of old and new. From rocking songs of the 60s and 70s to some great contemporary blues tunes of today, the material presented is timeless.

Santana: (Early Santana from his Woodstock era).
The Animals: Classic tunes.
The Beatles/Stones: Where we came from.
Hendrix: We love Jimi.
B.B.King : Who doesn't love B.B?
Keb Mo : One of the band's favorite contemporary blues singers.
Classic Rock: Band favorites from our youth.

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How to see the band...

Since OPIE REID only performs publicly several times a year, the availability is limited. Pray for a new schedule. The band is available on limited dates for private parties or public events.





OPIE REID Discography:

Carnival 2000: Recorded live at the 2000 East Longmeadow Jaycees July 4th Carnival.

Center Cuts: Live performance cuts from the annual Brad's Pig Roast in Stephentown, NY., 2000

Live Samples : 2000 -2002

Learning Curve: Spring 2005

Above Ground: Summer 2005

Up From The Skies: Thanksgiving Party 2006



Opie Reid

So here they are...

Larry Belisle: Bass and Vocals - From Springfield, Larry and his wife live in Cheshire, Mass. Engineer for General Dynamics in Pittsfield. A Horticulturist and Audiophile with twenty years of pro-sound experience.

Greg Trelease: Drums and Vocals - Resides in East Longmeadow with his wife and two children. Employed in sales for Procter and Gamble. Original member of The Proof and Morgan Flatz.

Gary Davis: Keyboards and Backing Vocals - Grew up in Springfield, MA ... now resides in CT. A Senior Financial Analyst at Northeast Utilities with too many interests...... music, golfing, boating, woodworking, home remodeling and improvement, his '73 TR6, his vintage Hammonds organs, his daughter, and his wonderful life partner, Sally!

Paul Cardone: Guitars and Vocals - Lives in East Longmeadow with his wife and two daughters. Mass Mutual employee, astronomy enthusiast and a master woodworker.



OPIE REID Thanks:

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Santana, The Animals, The Rascals, Deep Purple, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Wilson Pickett, The Swinging Medallions, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, The Ventures, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Traffic, Delbert McClinton, Taj Mahal, Mighty Sam McClain, Albert Collins, Roomful of Blues, Southside Johnny, Steppenwolf, The J.Giels Band, Chicago, The Wild Weeds, The Reverend Jim, The Stray Cats, The Electric Flag, Cesar Rosas, Michael Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Jimmy Smith, Junior Brown, Junior Wells and Muddy Waters.

Opie Reid thanks our families and friends for their loyal support.

Opie Reid uses Gibson, Fender, Rivera, Boss, Hammond, Goff Professional, Leslie, Alesis, TAMA, Slingerland, Ludwig, Zildjian, Status, David Eden, SWR, Beyer, Shure, Lexicon, QSC, JBL and Crown.