Friday, June 3, 2016

Elmore Mag, NC dates, Lucky Guy out 6/14!

Elmore Magazine is premiering the video of "More Than a Friend" from our upcoming album, Lucky Guy, out on June 14! Wrote this song for my wife, Ruby. It's the story of how we met.

Only two weeks to go in our PledgeMusic campaign for Lucky Guy. If you haven't pre-ordered or pledged yet, we sure could use your help to reach our goal. Take a look here to peruse Lucky Guy on vinyl, CD, and digital and check out some righteous exclusive offers: vinyl test pressings, t-shirts, original drawings, lyric sheets, set lists, Skype lessons, house concerts, digital music catalog, signed guitar, and more.

The Lucky Guy tour hits North Carolina this month, with record release shows in Winston-Salem on June 10, Charlotte on June 17, and Raleigh on June 18. We're back in New York later in the month with record release shows in Trumansburg on June 24 and Brooklyn on June 30. Excited to play for you and celebrate this new recording we are so proud of.

Our full tour schedule is below. We'll be hitting spots up and down the East Coast all summer. Get your tickets early and bring your friends! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
More soon,
Greg

LUCKY GUY SUMMER TOUR 2016

June 10 Winston-Salem NC Texas Pete Twin City RibFest tickets
June 17 Charlotte NC Double Door Inn tickets
June 18 Raleigh NC Pour House Music Hall tickets
June 24 Trumansburg NY Rongovian Embassy
June 30 Brooklyn NY Live At The Archway Concert Series  
July 1 Ashland VA Ashland Coffee & Tea tickets
July 2 Wilmington NC Bourgie Nights tickets
July 4 Durham NC Festival For The Eno tickets
July 5 Kill Devils Hills NC Bonzer Shack
July 6 Augusta GA The Soul Bar
July 8 Atlanta GA Venkman’s
July 9 Fayetteville GA Southern Ground Amphitheater* tickets
July 28 Isle of Palms SC The Windjammer +
July 29 Brevard NC 185 King Street ^
July 30 Greensboro NC The Blind Tiger ^
Aug 19 Bethel NY Main Street Stage
Sept 3 Hector NY The Big Splash
Sept 23 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Americana Festival

* Supporting The Commodores
+ with Occasional Milkshake (Mark Bryan, Hank Futch, Gary Greene)
^ with Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish



 

GREG HUMPHREYS
ELECTRIC TRIO
LUCKY GUY

Side 1:
Lucky Guy
Crosstown
Sayin' What You Mean
Golden Bone

Side 2:
So Fucked Up
More Than a Friend
All Because of You
Someday I’ll Have My Due


Song-wise, the Lucky Guy LP tells a story of a happy time in my life. I met an amazing woman, moved to NYC, had a son, got married. The album is also a manifestation of our trio's musical relationship. These are tunes we've worked out over our two years of playing together. The second track "Crosstown," a co-write between myself and our talented bassist Matt Brandau, is really the musical collaboration that led to the forming of our Electric Trio with drummer Keith Robinson. 

We recorded the basic tracks at Overdub Lane in Durham NC with my old friend John Plymale. We crafted the recording further at Keith's Brooklyn studio. Erik Deutsch played some fantastic B3 organ and electric piano for us over at Grand Street Recording. Keith mixed, Greg Calbi mastered. A lot of love and care was put into this recording! We hope you enjoy it. Available June 14 on vinyl, CD, and digital. Pre-order here.








 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lucky Guy tour starts this week!

Vinyl test pressings for Lucky Guy arrive this week and our summer tour starts this weekend! Exciting time here at HQ.

Just a little over a month left in our PledgeMusic campaign and we’re getting closer every week to our goal. I can’t thank you pledgers enough for your help in getting us there.

If you're still thinking of pre-ordering or pledging, now would be a great time to jump in!

Pre-order and pledge here — vinyl, CDs and some cool exclusives are all still available, and you can sample the first track.

Every pledger gets a digital download of the album. Pledgers also recieve updates with download access to exclusive tracks. So far, we've offered up some unreleased new songs ("Place De La Republique," "Meant To Last," "My Dolphin") as well as some new versions of older songs ("Must Be The Moon," "Union Grove"). It's been fun.

Here are the tourdates. Get your tickets early, as many of these club shows will likely sell out. I'm super-excited to play some rock 'n' roll with Keith and Matt and release Lucky Guy into the world. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
More soon,
Greg

LUCKY GUY SUMMER TOUR 2016

May 13 Ithaca NY The Haunt tickets
May 14 Syracuse NY World of Beer
May 16 New York NY Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
June 10 Winston-Salem NC Texas Pete Twin City RibFest
June 17 Charlotte NC Double Door Inn tickets
June 18 Raleigh NC Pour House Music Hall tickets
June 24 Trumansburg NY Rongovian Embassy
June 30 Brooklyn NY Live At The Archway Concert Series
July 1 Ashland VA Ashland Coffee & Tea tickets
July 2 Wilmington NC Bourgie Nights tickets
July 4 Durham NC Festival For The Eno tickets
July 6 Augusta GA The Soul Bar
July 8 Atlanta GA Venkman’s
July 9 Fayetteville GA Southern Ground Amphitheater* tickets
July 28 Isle of Palms SC The Windjammer +
July 29 Brevard NC 185 King Street ^
July 29 Greensboro NC Blind Tiger ^
Aug 19 Bethel NY Main Street Stage
Sept 3 Hector NY The Big Splash
Sept 23 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Americana Festival

* Supporting The Commodores
+ with Occasional Milkshake (Mark Bryan, Hank Futch, Gary Greene)
^ with Mark Bryan



GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO
LUCKY GUY

Side 1:
Lucky Guy
Crosstown
Sayin' What You Mean
Golden Bone

Side 2:
So Fucked Up
More Than a Friend
All Because of You
Someday I’ll Have My Due

Song-wise, the Lucky Guy LP tells a story of a happy time in my life. I met an amazing woman, moved to NYC, had a son, got married. This album is also a manifestation of our trio's musical relationship. These are tunes we've worked out over two years of playing together. The second track "Crosstown," a co-write between myself and our talented bassist Matt Brandau, is really the musical collaboration that led to the forming of our Electric Trio with drummer Keith Robinson.

We recorded the basic tracks at Overdub Lane in Durham NC with my old friend John Plymale. We crafted the recording further at Keith's Brooklyn studio. Erik Deutsch played some fantastic B3 organ and electric piano for us over at Grand Street Recording. Keith mixed, Greg Calbi mastered. A lot of love and care was put into this recording! We hope you enjoy it. Available June 14 on vinyl, CD, and digital. Pre-order here.








Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NEW LP, SUMMER TOUR

Announcing our Greg Humphreys Electric Trio 2016 summer tour and our debut studio LP Lucky Guy — out on June 14!

We're launching a PledgeMusic campaign for Lucky Guy. Your pre-order and pledge will help us print vinyl, CDs and posters, as well as hire a publicist and a radio promoter to work with us around our summer and fall tour dates. Every dollar you pledge will go toward promoting our album and tour dates.

We've had great shows over the past few years, but touring and promotion expenses have been high. Now we have a fantastic debut album on deck and we need your help to make a splash. Below is our PledgeMusic video — please watch and share.


GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO  //  LUCKY GUY

Song-wise, the Lucky Guy LP tells a story of a happy time in my life. I met an amazing woman, moved to a new place, had a son, got married. The title track, "Lucky Guy," is a song sweet, loving, and true. Felt so good to write this song. It's poignant that writing a song like this in 2016 is akin to capturing lightning in a bottle. Not all the songs are sweet; there are songs of struggle ("So Fucked Up"), suffering ("Someday I'll Have my Due"), and anger ("Sayin' What You Mean").

This album is also a manifestation of our trio's musical relationship. These are tunes we've shedded, arranged, and worked out live over two years of playing together. The second track "Crosstown," a co-write between myself and our talented bassist Matt Brandau, is really the musical collaboration that led to the forming of our Electric Trio with drummer Keith Robinson. The instrumental "Golden Bone" is a chance for us to release our inner Zeppelin. 

We recorded the basic tracks at Overdub Lane in Durham NC with my old friend John Plymale. We crafted the recording further at Keith's Brooklyn studio. Erik Deutsch played some fantastic B3 organ and electric piano for us over at Grand Street Recording. Keith mixed, Greg Calbi mastered. A lot of love and care was put into this recording! We hope you enjoy it. Available June 14 on vinyl, CD, and digital. Pre-order here.

GREG HUMPHREYS
ELECTRIC TRIO
LUCKY GUY

Side 1:
Lucky Guy
Crosstown
Sayin' What You Mean
Golden Bone

Side 2:
So Fucked Up
More Than a Friend
All Because of You
Someday I’ll Have My Due

LUCKY GUY SUMMER TOUR 2016

May 13 Ithaca NY The Haunt
May 14 Syracuse NY World of Beer
May 16 New York NY Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
June 10 Winston-Salem NC Texas Pete Twin City RibFest
June 17 Charlotte NC Double Door Inn tickets
June 18 Raleigh NC Pour House Music Hall tickets
June 24 Trumansburg NY Rongovian Embassy
June 30 Brooklyn NY Live At The Archway Concert Series  
July 1 Ashland VA Ashland Coffee & Tea tickets
July 2 Wilmington NC Bourgie Nights
July 8 Atlanta GA Venkman’s
July 9 Fayetteville GA Southern Ground Amphitheater* tickets
July 28 Isle of Palms SC The Windjammer 
July 29 Brevard NC 185 King Street
Sept 3 Hector NY The Big Splash
Sept 23 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Americana Festival

* Supporting The Commodores

 

MORE NEW MUSIC: SONG FOR BERNIE, GHET LIVE RECORDINGS

Here's a tune I recently wrote, recorded, and shared, "Comin' To Get You," inspired by Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders and the political movement he represents. Fans of the more Marvin Gaye / Curtis Mayfield side of my songwriting will surely love this one! If you disagree politically, that's cool too. Think you'll still like it.
My Bernie Anthem

NEW GHET LIVE RECORDINGS

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (we've been calling ourselves GHET lately for short — GHET it?) had some terrific shows in February with some exceptional guest musicians. Two of these sets were captured by discerning tapers and shared on Archive.org.

Below, stream or download our recent Brooklyn Bowl set with Erik Deutsch (Citizen Cope, Shooter Jennings, Leftover Salmon, etc) on the B3 Organ. Also stream or download our Virginia Key Grassroots Festival set, featuring Adam Scone (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Sugarman 3) on the B3 Organ. Trio + 1 = very fun.

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio Live at the Brooklyn Bowl

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio Live at Virginia Key Grassroots Festival

Thanks,
Greg

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday 2/16

Hey there,

Just wanted to send out a quick note to let you NYC-metro-area folks know that my Electric Trio has added a show for this Tuesday 2/16 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.

We're supporting the live debut of a cool new project called The Band is Bond, featuring Jennifer Hartswick, Freekbass, members of P-Funk, Bootsy's Rubberband and others doing soundtrack and theme music from James Bond films. Should be funktastic. They are also inviting attendees to come "DRESSED TO KILL" as their fave Bond characters.

We hit at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 and can be bought in advance here. Bassist Matt Brandau, drummer Keith Robinson and I will be hanging after our set. We'd love to see you.

Thanks,
Greg

Monday, February 1, 2016

Miami bound and down

Happy 2016 to you! Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (myself, bassist Matt Brandau, drummer Keith Robinson) is headed to Miami FL to play an afternoon set at Virginia Key Grassroots Festival on Saturday, February 20. Escape winter and join us! The lineup of performers is fantastic. Tickets and information here.

The new Electric Trio LP is done — tracked with John Plymale, mixed by Keith Robinson, and mastered by Greg Calbi. We are happy with the way it sounds. Still plotting a release and tour; more on that as it develops.

Back in NYC after a few months of extended travel with my family. I did sneak in a couple of shows while in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand, thanks to Joe Cummings and David Burris. My pick-up bands were great. Thank you Nicky Scott, George Martin, Björn Morén, Joe, Cameron Cooper, and Jerry Kelley! The crowds at Papa Rock and Fatty's Bar were a lot of fun. I've gotta say, it was a thrill for me to rock the house halfway around the world. 

Our packed Dillon Fence show in December at the Visulite Theatre was a homecoming to remember for Kent Alphin, Chris Goode, Scott Carle and me. Our original drummer Brooke Pitts sat in on one of our earliest tunes, Kent's "Baby On Board." HOBEX bassist Andy Ware and Hootie guitarist Mark Bryan joined us to back Chris on vox for a raucous version of "Ziggy Stardust". It was the first time we had played the song in over twenty years — three weeks before David Bowie's unexpected passing. Uncanny. Dan Wuori posted quite a few more YouTube vids of complete songs from the show, if you missed it and would like to hear some faves. Thank you to everyone who came! Fence fans: we will be releasing some new tunes this year, so keep an eye out for the news.
More soon,
Greg

New and improved discography page with Spotify links here.




COSMIC IRONY  iTunes  Amazon  Spotify
 
Cosmic Irony is a studio collaboration between producer / bassist Matt Brandau and me. We've been recording together on-and-off at his Upper West Side studio Chateau Brandau since I've been living in the city. These are our funky creations.

The first tune, "Crosstown", is a song we built around a Brandau bassline, with horns from Memphis saxophonist Art Edmaiston (Lucero, Gregg Allman Band, JJ Grey and MOFRO) and trumpeter Dennis Marion (JJ Grey and MOFRO). On "Cosmic Irony" we take a Latin trip down Existential Lane. "All Because of You" is pure pop and "More Than a Friend" is a downtown love song. Enjoy.

1. Crosstown
2. Cosmic Irony
3. All Because Of You
4. More Than A Friend

"Cosmic Irony spotlights Humphreys and company in a studio setting, focusing on concise songs that emphasize his jazzier inclinations and penchant for brisk, breezy melodies..." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression


ROCK AT LIVE WOOD  iTunes  Amazon  Spotify

Rock at Live Wood is the debut live recording of Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – bassist Matt Brandau, drummer Keith Robinson, and myself.

The Rock at Live Wood  LP, from an Electric Trio set at Rockwood Music Hall, is alternately thoughtful and blistering. Mixed by Keith Robinson, it features live arrangements of songs from the Cosmic Irony EP along with some trio versions of tunes from my solo acoustic LPs and HOBEX recordings.

1. Crosstown
2. Feelin' A Little Down
3. More Than A Friend
4. Windows
5. Sayin' What You Mean
6. Only One Of Me
7. All Because Of You
8. Must Be The Moon
9. Natural Child

"Rock at Live Wood showcases Humphreys and his band in concert... songs such as “More Than a Friend” and “Sayin’ What You Mean” demonstrate a decided preference for affecting melodies that find a perfect balance with the band’s ability to show off their ample chops." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

Stream the catalog:
Greg Humphreys on Spotify 
HOBEX on Spotify
Dillon Fence on Spotify
       

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dillon Fence at Visulite Theater Dec 18


Greetings from Chiang Mai, Thailand! Rubina and I are honeymooning and we have our boy Jim with us. Today is Loi Krathong here — Festival of Light. We happened to be in Paris during the recent attacks... you can read a post I shared on Facebook telling my story of that experience here. You can check out some snaps from our time in Paris on my Instagram page. I also posted a short tribute to recently departed legendary New Orleans songwriter/producer/performer Allen Toussaint.

DILLON FENCE AT THE VISULITE THEATER — DECEMBER 18

Dillon Fence — Scott Carle, Kent Alphin, Chris Goode, and myself — is playing a special holiday show on Friday December 18 at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. This will be our only show of the season. Very special guest Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish opens the show. We'll be playing your faves, as well as some new tunes we recorded with John Plymale in August. You can buy advance tickets here. Tickets are selling briskly, so get yours early. Mark Harkness designed our show poster above— we'll have a few screenprints for sale at the show. We look forward to seeing our Charlotte people!

SOLO SHOW IN THAILAND 

Playing a solo set tomorrow night Thursday November 26 here in Chiang Mai at Papa Rock, thanks to a couple of friends—  director/musician David Burris and rock 'n' roller Joe Cummings. I'll be doing a solo acoustic set and an electric set backed up by Nicky Scott and pals. Ruby, Jim and I will be missing our family stateside, but it'll be a rock 'n' roll Thanksgiving for us this year. Another show is in the works for Bangkok, so check the schedj if you have any friends there you'd like to send my way. 

ELECTRIC TRIO LP, 2016 DATES

The new Greg Humphreys Electric Trio LP is DONE! Legendary mastering engineer Greg Calbi recently mastered the recording in NYC and it sounds fantastic. We recorded the tracks in April at Overdub Lane with John Plymale and finished it up over the summer with Keith Robinson; this album is a true product of all our work together over the past couple of years and we can't wait for you to hear it. Plans are in the works for Matt Brandau, Keith and I to hit the road in early 2016 and bring the tunes to you.
More soon,
Greg

New and improved discography page with Spotify links here.




COSMIC IRONY  iTunes  Amazon  Spotify
 
Cosmic Irony is a studio collaboration between producer / bassist Matt Brandau and me. We've been recording together on-and-off at his Upper West Side studio Chateau Brandau since I've been living in the city. These are our funky creations.

The first tune, "Crosstown", is a song we built around a Brandau bassline, with horns from Memphis saxophonist Art Edmaiston (Lucero, Gregg Allman Band, JJ Grey and MOFRO) and trumpeter Dennis Marion (JJ Grey and MOFRO). On "Cosmic Irony" we take a Latin trip down Existential Lane. "All Because of You" is pure pop and "More Than a Friend" is a downtown love song. Enjoy.

1. Crosstown
2. Cosmic Irony
3. All Because Of You
4. More Than A Friend

"Cosmic Irony spotlights Humphreys and company in a studio setting, focusing on concise songs that emphasize his jazzier inclinations and penchant for brisk, breezy melodies..." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression


ROCK AT LIVE WOOD  iTunes  Amazon  Spotify

Rock at Live Wood is the debut live recording of Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – bassist Matt Brandau, drummer Keith Robinson, and myself.

The Rock at Live Wood  LP, from an Electric Trio set at Rockwood Music Hall, is alternately thoughtful and blistering. Mixed by Keith Robinson, it features live arrangements of songs from the Cosmic Irony EP along with some trio versions of tunes from my solo acoustic LPs and HOBEX recordings.

1. Crosstown
2. Feelin' A Little Down
3. More Than A Friend
4. Windows
5. Sayin' What You Mean
6. Only One Of Me
7. All Because Of You
8. Must Be The Moon
9. Natural Child

"Rock at Live Wood showcases Humphreys and his band in concert... songs such as “More Than a Friend” and “Sayin’ What You Mean” demonstrate a decided preference for affecting melodies that find a perfect balance with the band’s ability to show off their ample chops." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

Stream the catalog:
Greg Humphreys on Spotify 
HOBEX on Spotify
Dillon Fence on Spotify
       

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thank you!


Seven weeks of joy and madness have passed... Rubina and I were married on September 12 in Montauk, NY. I'm taking a break from the road this fall, but I wanted to recap some of August's unforgettable musical exploits with you before I forget them. (Thanks, Yogi Berra.) Above, Dillon Fence set at Be Loud '15, Cat's Cradle, August 29. Photo by Jonathan Drake.


Our Electric Trio show with Shuggie Otis in Raleigh NC on August 1 was crazier than you might expect. Shuggie delivered a polarizing yet undeniably striking performance. He was a real wildman on stage, pushing toward chaos and sometimes crossing the line. It was an honor to share a bill and hang out with one of my fave soul artists. Thank you to Shuggie Otis and The Lincoln Theatre, and thanks to all that came out to the show! Photo by Matt Brandau. 
 

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio played our biggest show yet in NYC on August 14, supporting New Orleans' Galactic at a sold-out Brooklyn Bowl. Matt Brandau, Keith Robinson and I hit it hard for the packed house. Our debut Electric Trio studio LP is being mastered this month — look for a taste soon. Photo by Jason Finestone.


Dillon Fence spent August 7 and 8 in Charleston SC with our friends Hootie & The Blowfish at their annual Homegrown Concert weekend. Not only did they put us on the big stage to warm up the crowd, They pulled us up both nights during their set to perform our song "Something For You" together. The whole weekend was a real thrill for Kent Alphin, Chris Goode, Scott Carle and I after so many years. Thank you Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld — we love you guys. Photos by Chris Condon.



Our Dillon Fence set on August 29 at Cat's Cradle for Be Loud ’15 was another thrill! So many of our fans and friends came out to support such a wonderful cause, Be Loud Sophie Foundation, and y'all really brought some amazing energy into the building. Thank you for lifting us up. Below is a photo from Jonathan Drake capturing the sold-out crowd during our set.


Missed the show? Dan Wuori shot some some front row youtube vids of The Fence playing For A While, Frances, Black Eyed Susan, Daylight, Something For You. and our encore cover of AC/DC's Shake a Leg. I sang a few later in the evening with Chapel Hill supergroup Preeesh!, which featured Rob Ladd, John Plymale, Robert Sledge, and Brian Dennis — check out our take on The Jam's Town Called Malice and Elvis Costello's Alison.

While we were all together, Dillon Fence hit Overdub Lane in Durham with John Plymale to record some new tunes. New Dillon Fence music and debut Greg Humphreys Electric Trio LP are on the way! See you in 2016, folks.
Greg

New and improved discography page with Spotify links here.




COSMIC IRONY  iTunes  Amazon  Spotify
 
Cosmic Irony is a studio collaboration between producer / bassist Matt Brandau and me. We've been recording together on-and-off at his Upper West Side studio Chateau Brandau since I've been living in the city. These are our funky creations.

The first tune, "Crosstown", is a song we built around a Brandau bassline, with horns from Memphis saxophonist Art Edmaiston (Lucero, Gregg Allman Band, JJ Grey and MOFRO) and trumpeter Dennis Marion (JJ Grey and MOFRO). On "Cosmic Irony" we take a Latin trip down Existential Lane. "All Because of You" is pure pop and "More Than a Friend" is a downtown love song. Enjoy.

1. Crosstown
2. Cosmic Irony
3. All Because Of You
4. More Than A Friend

"Cosmic Irony spotlights Humphreys and company in a studio setting, focusing on concise songs that emphasize his jazzier inclinations and penchant for brisk, breezy melodies..." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression


ROCK AT LIVE WOOD  iTunes  Amazon  Spotify

Rock at Live Wood is the debut live recording of Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – bassist Matt Brandau, drummer Keith Robinson, and myself.

The Rock at Live Wood  LP, from an Electric Trio set at Rockwood Music Hall, is alternately thoughtful and blistering. Mixed by Keith Robinson, it features live arrangements of songs from the Cosmic Irony EP along with some trio versions of tunes from my solo acoustic LPs and HOBEX recordings.

1. Crosstown
2. Feelin' A Little Down
3. More Than A Friend
4. Windows
5. Sayin' What You Mean
6. Only One Of Me
7. All Because Of You
8. Must Be The Moon
9. Natural Child

"Rock at Live Wood showcases Humphreys and his band in concert... songs such as “More Than a Friend” and “Sayin’ What You Mean” demonstrate a decided preference for affecting melodies that find a perfect balance with the band’s ability to show off their ample chops." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

Stream the catalog:
Greg Humphreys on Spotify 
HOBEX on Spotify
Dillon Fence on Spotify