Reigning Sound Call It Quits After 21 Years

Memphis Rock band Reigning Sound is calling it quits. Band leader Greg Cartwright took to Instagram today (June 8) to announce that the band is canceling their European tour that was set for July and that the band as a whole is calling breaking up. 

In his Instagram post, Cartwright states “Due to Covid-19 and several other logistical hurdles, we are announcing the cancellation of Reigning Sound’s upcoming July European tour.” The band was planning to set out in support of their new live album Memphis In June, which now acts as the band’s second to last show. Their last show being their upcoming farewell homecoming show in Memphis at The Shell, they’re set to hit the stage this Friday (June 10) for one last hoorah. 

After winning over everyone with their textured mixture of southern blues and classic soul, Reigning Sound has built up a reputation as a diverse band unafraid to experiment with their sound. The band underwent multiple line up changes but last year Cartwright got the original lineup back together for their 2021 album A Little More Time with Reigning Sound. This album was supposed to be the final touch to their discography before setting out on a celebratory and final tour. 

Cartwright went on to say “We are also formally announcing the end of the group. It was my intention with A Little More Time to come full circle, reunite the original lineup of the band, and finish where we started. I thought we could support the album with some touring and go out on a high note, but Covid has proven to be a long-lasting concern and more difficult to navigate than anyone could have anticipated. Rather than compromise ourselves or our fans, I have decided this is the right time to dissolve the band.”

Read the full statement below: 

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