Find out why four mohawk-sporting punkers crowding the stage at the 2009 Midpoint Music Festival were whooping and hollering and leading the cheers for….an acoustic Blues duo!? Here’s a hint: we want the groove just as much as our fans do, and we WILL throw down. Definitely NOT your usual Blues duo….No pork pie hats, shades, or any of that "sho-’nuff I got de Blues" crap. We’re just gonna kick a little ass…
46 Long (Jonathan Reynolds – Guitar/Vocals/happy feet, and Blake Taylor – Harmonica / Vocals / occasional nudity) has been supplying the greater Cincinnati area with high-energy semi-acoustic Blues since the spring of 2001. The duo released "Savor Every Second" in January 2003 and eventually went on to be nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award (CEA) for Best Blues 2003. In 2007, the boys released “Time’s Right,” also to critical acclaim.
46 Long is scheduled to release "Off the Rack" in August, 2010. Along with a handful of originals, the album will include nine of the band’s favorite covers, including Blues classics from the likes of Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf as well as original arrangements of songs from artists such as Morphine, Tom Waits, and Nina Simone.
Once dubbed "the finest dancing White Boy in all of Boston" by Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Jonathan’s musical roots trace mainly to Knoxville where he played with Defenders of the Faith, the late Sarah Jordan’s "Jordan Project," and hosted the regionally famous Sassy Ann’s Blue Jam. He also spent several years playing guitar (among other things) in West Africa.
Blake, a native New Yorker, left his classical voice and piano training behind to play Rock and Blues for tipsy dancing babes in late-night smoky clubs. Nice work if you can get it. Along the way Blake has fronted Smokestack Lightning in northern England, Blues Cult in Cincinnati, and various other "hired harp" work along the way, most recently with Ricky Nye, Mary Ann Kindel, Cheryl Renee, and Jon Justice. Blake has also been asked to sit in with Spoon, Noah Sugarman, and Jason Ricci on their visits to Cincinnati
46 Long promises a good time and a professional attitude. We’ve spent enough time playing music and have seen too many bands who don’t take their work seriously. We guarantee that we will be on time, courteous to all concerned, and play to the best of our ability at every show. Simply put… no B.S. or music egos.
Sure, there are other guitar/harp Blues duos out there, but somewhere since our beginnings in 2001 as an acoustic Blues group, we’ve become something different. We hope you like it. We may be over-educated middle class white boys, but somewhere along the line we learned to throw down anyway. If you don’t believe us, just give us a shot… if we don’t deliver, we’ll buy you a beer.
Oh, and the name? Put it this way, at 6’3" and 215 lbs, Blake is the little one.