One of the most refreshing folk neo traditionalists to emerge in the new millennium, Louisiana-born Dan Reeder seemed to appear from nowhere when his 2003 debut was issued on John Prine's Oh Boy label. The ultimate DIY aesthetics went into the set of short, funny tunes; it was not only home recorded, but Reeder also built and played all the instruments and sang harmony with himself. The self-titled debut did well with critics and slowly caught on for its touching humor and homespun folk blues. After some limited international touring, Reeder issued his sophomore record, Sweetheart, in 2006. He currently lives in Germany and works as a painter.