Eli Paperboy Reed
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stream Eli "Paperboy" Reed's "Burn Me Up," see him on tour

Soul revivalist Eli “Paperboy” Reed is releasing his new album 99 Cent Dreams on April 12 via Yep Roc (tickets), and though the title track has a rapped verse by Big Daddy Kane, the album is otherwise rooted in the same kind of ’60s/’70s soul that Eli has been paying homage to for the past 15 years. He recorded it with producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Lucero) at the old Sun Records stomping grounds of Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, and the album features backing vocals by Memphis veterans The Masqueraders.

In addition to the title track, Eli recently released second single “Bank Robber,” and we’re now premiering third single “Burn Me Up.” It’s basically got everything you want from this kind of classic soul: triumphant horns, uplifting backing vocals, and a razor-sharp performance from Eli. Check it out below.

Eli is also hitting the road, beginning with a NYC show on May 2 at Le Poisson Rouge (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Eli “Paperboy” Reed — 2019 Tour Dates
5/2: NYC – LPR
5/3: Philadelphia – Boot & Saddle
5/4: Washington DC – The Hamilton
5/5: Columbia, MD – The Soundry
5/7: Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
5/8: Atlanta, GA – Vinyl at Center Stage
5/9: Nashville, TN – Exit Inn
5/10: Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall
5/11: Chicago, IL – The Space/Evanston
5/12: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom