Dillon Fence and Hobex frontman and singer-songwriter solo artist Greg Humphreys steps away from his trusty acoustic for the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio debut Lucky Guy.
The album finds the critically acclaimed artist creatively invigorated. His accomplished and artistically intuitive bandmates simmer through a collection of sweetly soulful Americana and raucous roots rock that showcases Humphreys' elegant virtuosity and his heartfelt songwriting. The three-piece will be sharing this intimate and infectious new album on tour.
Music fans are familiar with Humphreys’ songs, voice and guitar from his years leading North Carolina faves Dillon Fence and Hobex. With songs influenced by the best in pop, funk, soul, R&B, and rock n' roll, you might find Greg Humphreys Electric Trio in the same idiosyncratic corner of the big Americana tent where you'd find Alabama Shakes, Chris Stapleton, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, or the North Mississippi Allstars.
The Electric Trio formed in 2014 in New York City. Drummer Keith Robinson brings Texas flavor, having toured and recorded with Marcia Ball and Charlie Robison. In demand bassist Matt Brandau has backed up Elvis Costello and Joan Osborne, among others. These seasoned southern transplants played over 130 live dates in their first two years, but they took their time to make a debut studio album.
Of the album Humphreys reveals: "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, and got married. This album is also a manifestation of our trio's musical relationship." Select highlights from the eight-song release include the slow-burn R&B track "Crosstown," the burly blues-rock instrumental "Golden Bone," and the sunshine-filled title track, "Lucky Guy."
"Comes across with an easy sway, effortless and alluring….Humphreys is building his reputation cautiously but deliberately, and Lucky Guy proves that his good fortune is all but inevitable." — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
"All the elements in this album hit the mark – the guitars, the rhythm section, the vocals, arrangements, embellishments and the production. Everything is right and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio is electrifying. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" — Rob Ross, Popdose
"All of Humphreys’ musical projects have shared some common elements: His distinctive soulful rasp, channeling Sam Cooke by way of Rod Stewart; his tight, imaginative guitar work; and his gift for writing melodic, catchy, deceptively simple tunes." — Eddie Huffman, Winston-Salem Journal
"Lucky Guy, the first release with his Electric Trio, reflects the optimism of a man who’s made the right moves." — David Klein, Indy Week
"As the album name implies, it’s a breezy, happy-go-lucky track with a steady groove and Humphreys’ easy and sensual rasp, which channels Curtis Mayfield." — Elmore Magazine video premiere
"Lucky Guy focuses on Humphreys' strong suits -- great songs and a cool, soulful voice that works across genres -- but it also finds him pushing boundaries." — Brian Tucker, Wilmington Star News
"An East Coast indie-rock outfit worthy of any accolades that swing their way. Their work is a shining reflection of the countless hours they’ve spent together perfecting their craft and, for that reason alone, they’ve set themselves apart from most. Throw in decades of experience and a knack for tactful genre-bending and you’ve got yourself a force to be reckoned with." — Darius McGrew, Indie Band Guru