Blues legend Wiley Reed was be the headline act for the Goodna Jacaranda Festival.
Blues legend Wiley Reed was be the headline act for the Goodna Jacaranda Festival.

Blues legend's death impacts Goodna festival line-up

THE Goodna Jacaranda Festival will have an extra touch of emotion after its headline act, Wiley Reed, died this week.

Doc Span will be standing in for Wiley with the Wiley Reed Big Band as a tribute for the much-loved bluesman.

Wiley Reed has been called the living embodiment of the blues.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1944, he launched his singing career at the tender age of nine in the local church choir and began piano studies at age 15.

In 1967, he arrived in Australia, married and chose Australia as his adopted country.

Wiley received several awards; his CD, Straight from the Heart, won three Queensland Recording Association 2003 Sunnie awards for Best Male Vocalist, Best Blues Album and Best Producers. He twice won Best Blues Artist at the Gold Coast International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Straight from the Heart features a compilation of songs from beautiful ballads such as I Put a Spell on You and You Don't Know Me to the driving rhythms of Muddy Waters.

Wiley said he chose these songs "hoping to touch the hearts of listeners who may have had the blues at some stage in their lives or who have experienced some of the situations I have sung about."

He worked throughout Asia, Europe, South America, the Pacific and the USA and his versatile range of musical genres is extensive from jazz, blues, rock and country to tasteful ballads, as well as spiritual and gospel songs.

His golden rule was: "I always make sure the folks leave feelin' better than they did when they came in".



  • The 2012 Goodna Jacaranda Festival is on October 26, 27 and 28 at Evan Marginson Park.
  • There is no admission fee to the Jacaranda Festival.