8 ARTISTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS AT BONNAROO: As you can tell from the title track off his new EP, Turning to Wine, Reuben Bidez enchants his audiences with his raw and emotional lyricism as well as a haunting falsetto. We raved about Bidez’s music -- and his cool, classic style -- last summer. Now’s your chance to see what the buzz is all about.

Delightfully soulful: that's the first thing which often comes to mind while listening to Reuben Bidez, as the Nashville-based singer croons and strums at his guitar, captivating the audience for a moment, or an eternity. If you've fallen in love with emotional singers like Chris Isaak in the past, then Bidez' music is sure to move you equally. Bidez draws from both folk and the great rock and singer-songwriters of the 1970s to crash his haunting, genre-defying sound. At the heart of it all is his talent for songwriting, and his memorable voice.

Since the lauded release of his first EP, Turning to Wine, last year, he’s become a serious force in the local music landscape.  Channeling a vulnerable, resonant, earnest, and folky style, Reuben has a knack for crafting deeply personal and powerful songs both in a stripped down, solo capacity and with the help of a full backing band...An artist we’ve had our eye on for awhile, it’s time to get up to speed on Reuben Bidez, if you haven’t already.


American Songwriter

“Can We Survive” is a product of Bidez’ fresh rock-driven sound birthed by his recent move from Atlanta to Nashville. The four-minute track, which tells the story of an ill-fated relationship, treads in a vulnerable direction with a rich, soulful sound throughout.

The festival itself over delivered in a number of ways, primarily in the form of absolutely spectacular sets from everyone like U2 (obviously), RHCP (ditto), Joseph, The Lemon Twigs, Reuben Bidez, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band ...just to name a few.

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Reuben Bidez has a delightful sound that fuses all of the best elements of folk rock. He shows off his songwriting chops on his new six-song Turning to Wine EP, which upon listening, you won't believe this is merely his first release...If you're a fan of killer songwriting and folk rock, then Bidez is an artist you need to keep on your radar.

The Repertoire

Over the past few years, Nashville artist Reuben Bidez has made impressive strides in his musical career. Bidez has created his own avant-garde sound and has taken the time to nurture his music so that he can introduce its timeless nature to the city in a slow-burning manner. With his EP Turning to Wine on its way to being released, Bidez is becoming a permanent installment in the current music scene. A unique paradox exists within Bidez’s art: he channels a certain natural memoir of a 1970’s songwriter while pushing the bounds of conventional rhapsody and inventing “counter-culture” music.

Music City Roots

With shades of Roy Orbison and Bon Iver and Chris Isaak, his set was musically rich and daring. ...the whole set had an air of romance around it, whether from his 12-string guitar or the organ or the big anthemic guitar solos by Seth Plemmons