John C. Reilly, With A Little Help From His Friends

The noted actor brings his band to the area on Thursday, June 20, for a rootsy revue.

John C. Reilly

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The longtime actor discusses his foray into folk, bluegrass, and classic country music, and the tour that takes him through Indianapolis.

Over the last two decades, John C. Reilly has appeared in dozens of prominent film roles. Some have been dramatic, some comedic; and, in a few turns, such as in Chicago, A Prairie Home Companion, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, he has exhibited an unexpectedly well-developed musical side.

The latest role he has inhabited has been that of a full-time musician mining the classic bluegrass, country, and folk songbooks.

“There’s so much good music out there. I mean, I joke around and say, ‘there’s gold in them hills,’ you know! Until I can write a song that’s as good or even comes close to being as good as a song like ‘Angel Band,’ I think we’re going to keep mining the hills of the past.”

He has released two 45s produced by Jack White, and has embarked on a weeklong tour of the Midwest with his band, John Reilly and Friends, stopping at Radio Radio in Indianapolis on Thursday, June 20.

WFIU’s John Bailey caught up with John C. Reilly to discuss his search for unusual venues to play, overlooked songs to celebrate, and new challenges to tackle.

John Bailey

John Bailey came to Bloomington in January 2011, bringing with him more than 16 years of experience in public radio as a program director, classical music and news host, membership coordinator, and manager of online initiatives. He is a University of Missouri graduate and a native of the Show-Me State.

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