“On the title track from his latest record, Probably Not, local alt-country songwriter Brad Creel sings of meeting a woman with “a body like a pin-up girl” who asks him over to “help her move her chest.” Croons back Creel, “Probably not/ I’ve got better things to do/ Like sit and watch the clock”—and there’s as much sarcasm in his voice as a snotty teen TV character from the ’90s. The actual tunes Creel and his four-man band, the Reel Deel, play are pretty much standard-fare Americana, with a generous serving of honky-tonk heartbreak; it’s Creel’s silly, frequently self-deprecating lyrics that keep one listening—and laughing.”
“Hot off the release of his latest disc, Probably Not, the Portland singer-songwriter and cartoonist specializes in droll observations and barbed sentiments served up with deft honky-tonk touches: a tear in your beer with a side of wry toast.”
“Gifted with the pen, the punchline, and the guitar, local singer/songwriter Brad Creel celebrates the release of his latest recording, “Reveeled”, tonight. In addition to his illustration work, Creel’s husky voiced folk ballads harken back to a time when folk music had plenty of strumming jesters eager to tell a tale and collect some laughs along the way. Similar to the early days of Louden Wainright III, Creel is a vulnerable performer with a deep sense of humor, one who isn’t afraid to turn the spotlight on his own imperfections”.
- Ezra Ace Caraeff, Portland Mercury
BRADCREEL & THE REEL DEEL