Peace Run Band is a folk-Americana duo based in the Washington, D.C. area. With heartfelt vocals and instrumental mastery, Keith and Shannon lay down a strong foundation of bluegrass and classic country and add in some traditional folk to deliver a hard-driving, banjo-infused sound like none other. Think Lonesome Road Blues meets Coal Miner’s Daughter with just a hint of If I Had A Hammer stirred in. Drawing from their love of a wide range of musical genres, and sprinkling in a few well-crafted originals, Keith and Shannon put on shows that have audiences tapping their feet.
Keith Arneson is lead instrumentalist for Peace Run Band, and is a recognized virtuoso of the banjo (three-finger and clawhammer styles). He has also mastered numerous other instruments, accenting Peace Run Band’s repertoire with fingerstyle guitar. Keith is a native of Waldorf, Maryland, and began playing banjo as a teenager. After playing professionally for several years, most notably with his band, Mountain Laurel, he joined the U.S. Navy Band Country Current as their banjoist. Keith served for 24 years in the Navy, retiring in May 2017. Since then he has devoted his time to playing in several bands as well as his solo work. In 2017, he released a solo instrumental album titled “Namaste,” featuring his original song, “Mysterious Eyes,” which won second place in the inaugural DCBU Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Contest.
Shannon Leigh Reynolds is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player for the duo. She is a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, but has made the D.C. area her home for over two decades. Shannon has been the singer for several local bands, and her voice has been described as authentic and soulful, with a true Americana sound. She has shown herself to be a talented lyricist and songwriter, having written all of the lyrics for Peace Run Band’s originals and music for four of the originals on their debut album.
The band is always adding new dates, so stay tuned and check out the “Live” page for future updates.