Michael “Shrimp Daddy” Reid is a journeyman harp player and front man who originally hails from Montreal and has rapidly developed into a driving force in vocalizing, interpreting and writing Chicago and West Coast jump and swing blues.
Michael is currently performing with some of the best east coast musicians and has decided to move to Nova Scotia, leaving the GTA after almost 15 years. In 2009 Shrimp knew it was time to record his own material and sought out one of Canada’s finest young multi-award winning bluesmen, Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk fame to produce it. By combining Guitarist Mike Branton with Steve and band mate Matt Sobb from Monkey Junk, Michael knew straight away that he had a winning combo. Shrimp knew that getting Steve on board would allow him to make the finest CD possible while bringing Branton in on it was the clincher to make the sound truly Michael’s own. The result was Shrimp Daddy’s seminal recording, “Messin’ With My System”. Inspired in equal measure by the sounds of Little Walter and William Clarke, “Messin’ With My System” is a must have for any blues aficionado’s library. Shrimp’s powerful baritone voice, rich harp tone and tasty phrasing will carry the listener through tunes filled with both irony and good humour. As for the next gig and where the Daddy’s career will take him next, Michael says, “Anywhere and everywhere it takes me, I ain’t fightin it!”