Peace Run is an acoustic Americana duo based in the Washington, D.C. area. The band consists of two friends – banjo master, Keith Arneson, and vocalist, Shannon Leigh Reynolds – who formally established their musical partnership in 2017 after Keith’s retirement from the U.S. Navy. With a strong emphasis on banjo, fingerpicking guitar, and vocal harmony, their music is a dynamic mix of bluegrass, folk, and country that is spare and rustic, yet fresh and powerful. Keith and Shannon are also a strong songwriting team, and their debut album released in February 2018, Everything Is Just All Right, features three co-written originals, along with four original songs written by Shannon. Peace Run was also recently a finalist for the 2019 Wammie Award for Best Bluegrass Artist/Group (woohoo!!) – see all the finalists here: https://www.wammiesdc.org/wammieweekend/finalists/.
Keith Arneson is lead instrumentalist for Peace Run, and is a master of several instruments, including the banjo (three-finger and clawhammer styles) and fingerpicking 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, and fitting of an Americana sound. She has shown herself to be a talented lyricist and songwriter, having written all of the lyrics for Peace Run’s originals and also the music for four of her own originals that appear on their debut album.
The band is always adding new dates, so stay tuned and check out the “Live” page for future updates.
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