War Hippies has become known for stellar live shows with tight harmonies and brilliant songwriting. With Scooter Brown's impressive five million streams across platforms already plus Donnie Reis' music production and well-known violin, this unstoppable duo continues to wow their fans with every release. The men are also USMC and US Army combat veterans, garnering a special connection with other veterans and military families.
The duo struck a chord with the release of their debut single: Killin’ It (2022). The official music video premiered on The Country Network and took the #1 spot on the Top 40 Chart, remaining in the top 5 for over 20 weeks. It was also the top featured video on CMT.com. Their second single, The Hangman (2022), also charted on TCN’s Top 40 Chart. Both singles have landed in top positions on the official VEVO True Country playlist. Their self-titled debut album was released world-wide in October 2022, while the duo was on the road supporting Travis Tritt and Chris Janson on The Can’t Miss Tour. In the first week, the album reached #8 on the iTunes Country chart and #30 across all genres. Their song, Make It Out Alive, from the same album was named to the Top 24 songs of 2022 by American Songwriter Magazine.
With a combined 25 years of touring experience and over 30 million streams, the two bring individual success together as War Hippies. Reis, a world-renowned violinist, spent years on the road playing violin/fiddle, piano/keys, guitars and contributing vocals. He has written and recorded hit songs for a variety of artists, film and television projects in genres ranging from country, rock and pop to Gospel.
Reis gave up a full music scholarship to enlist in the U.S. Army after the 9/11 attack on America. He is a decorated U.S. Army Combat Veteran who served with the 216th Engineer Battalion under the 1st Infantry Division during OIF from 2004-2005. Today, he serves on the Nashville Task Force of the Special Operators Transition Foundation, a nonprofit that assists Special Forces Operation Veterans with the successful transition from the service into their next great careers in corporate America.
Scooter Brown is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist. Brown has toured with Charlie Daniels, Travis Tritt, Marshall Tucker Band, Randy Travis among many others and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman, on national television broadcasts and been showcased by major music publications including, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, CMT, among others. He is a decorated U.S. Marine Combat Veteran who served in Iraq in 2003 as a Scout with the First Light Armored Recon Battalion. Today, Brown also is co-founder of Base Camp 40 – Warriors in the Wild, a nonprofit that offers veterans outdoor adventures and works with numerous organizations to promote awareness in the veterans community along with human trafficking.
A new recorded project is in the works for 2023 as well as more music videos to support songs off the debut album, War Hippies. The duo is touring the United States headlining many shows as well as supporting Travis Tritt, Blackberry Smoke, and more.
Scooter Brown & Donnie Reis
- Over 5 Million streams across platforms and counting.
- Served 4 years and 3 months, 2 tours overseas with 1 tour of combat in Iraq as a United States Marine.
- Debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in 2019
- Won The 2020 Fan Army Award and 2019 Male Vocalist of the Year Award at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards.
- Scooter competed on USA Network’s “Real Country” on Travis Tritt’s team.
- American Son album released 2017 featuring Charlie Daniels on title track. reached No. 19 on iTunes Country chart
- Named to Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know”
- Has toured with Travis Tritt, the Marshall Tucker Band and Whiskey Myers, among others.
- Brown is a founder and board member for Base Camp 40, an organization that provides brotherhood and support to veterans – https://bc40hunts.org/
- Brown is also a father of four children, two of which he and his wife adopted.
- Brown co-wrote “Valor” with Chris Kyle.
- Owner and Executive Producer of the Twelve 3 South Recording studio in Nashville, TN.
- Served in the US Army from 2001-2009. 1 combat tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004- 2005.
- Picked up the violin at 10 years old and quickly mastered it, winning several solo competitions and earning national recognition as concertmaster of several symphony orchestras and pit orchestras.
- Launched his own violin line in 2017, The Donnie Reis Violin Collection
- Received a full music scholarship to Miami University but chose to enlist in the U.S. Army after his sophomore year.
- Donnie has worked with a variety of artists over the years including, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Frontmen of Country [Richie McDonald (Lonestar), Tim Rushlow (Little Texas), Larry Stewart (Restless Heart)], Lee Greenwood, Foreigner. He has also composed music for multiple film and TV spots.
- To date his catalog has achieved 26 Billboard Top 10's and 4 songs on the Billboard 200 chart
- Donnie serves on the Executive board of the Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival and the Nashville Task Force for the Special Operators Transition Foundation