JK: When did you first get interested in music?
DR: My dad, Ron Reed got me started at age four on electric mandolin. He switched me over to the fiddle at the age of five.
JK: Where did you go from there?
DR: I studied classical violin with Emil First, Donald Weir, John Montague and Yuri Mazurkevich.
JK: When did you start performing on stage?
DR: I played in a band with my dad, Ron (guitar/vocals) and mom, Pat (bass/vocals) starting around age six or seven. At different times through the years this group also included my aunt Iona Reed (accordion), Johnny Bruneau (fiddle), Jack Leblanc(guitar), Ruth Johnson (accordion) and siblings Karen (accordion/fiddle), Rob (drums/fiddle), Kathy (keyboards/fiddle) and Derek (fiddle).
JK: You've had a lot of success in your career.
DR: I won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship (Shelburne,Ont.) in 1980,1981,and 1982. I also played with Sudbury band Old South in the mid 80s and worked in California '86 - '88.
JK: Who else have you performed with?
DR: I played with country band South Mountain from 1989 to present (and have toured Europe 25 times with them). I have also performed with country Gospel band Narrow Road from 1995 to present.
JK: You also have an impressive list of musical colleagues.
DR: People I have recorded with include: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, Tanya Tucker, Anne Murray, Rita McNeil, Amy Sky, Sylvia Tyson, Ian Tyson, Julian Austin, Jason McCoy, Ron Hynes, Gil Grand & Jake Mathews (brothers from the Sudbury area), Jim Matt, Paul Dunn, Sarah Craig, Prairie Oyster, and John Landry.