Wednesday, June 2, 2021

GIGS! Solo 6/11 @ Shakori, Dillon Fence 7/1 @ Red Hat Amphitheater

First up, congratulations to our GHET bass player Matt Brandau on his recent marriage to Émilie Berthier! So happy for this beautiful couple. They're living in France right now; we hope to see Matt this fall for some trio work together. Meanwhile, here in the States, things are slowly opening back up and I'm fully vaccinated, so... I'm playing some GIGS this summer! 

Friday, June 11 @ GrassRoots Live! at Shakori Hills

First in-person gig in over a year: ✔️ First time bringing my looping rig to a big stage: ✔️ Very excited to play a solo set opening up the night for my friends Donna the Buffalo at GrassRoots Live! at Shakori Hills on Friday, June 11 for night one of their two-night stand.  TICKETS AND INFO HERE.



Dillon Fence – Thursday, July 1 @ Red Hat Amphitheater

Dillon Fence is playing at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, July 1 as part of their Amped Up Music Series! Chris Goode, Scott Carle, Kent Alphin and I are psyched to play for y’all... Arson Daily opens the show. The venue recently released more tables and tickets are now on sale HERE.





Spanish Steps 

*Thank you* for streaming and enjoying my recent solo LP release, Spanish Steps. Getting this music into the world has been a great feeling. Clearing the deck for the next chapter. Find the LP at your favorite music service here!

More soon,
Greg

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Spanish Steps LP now on Spotify, Apple Music, et al.

Spanish Steps LP now on Spotify, Apple Music, et al. here!

It's my birthday and my new solo LP Spanish Steps is now available on all streaming services! Please add it to your collection wherever you stream music. THANK YOU to everyone who has downloaded or checked out the album on Bandcamp over the past couple of weeks. Your support and encouragement keep me going. Please follow my artist page on Spotify when you stream the new album. You'll help my music appear more often in their algorithms, a gift that will keep on giving.

About Spanish Steps:

Spanish Steps is a collection of songs navigating dreams, marriage and parenthood in New York City.

I’ve been writing and home-recording over the past few years with an evolving setup that I've dubbed my "mad scientist looping rig” – guitars, mics, drum machine, synths, pedalboards, mixer, looper, laptop. You could call this music my version of electro-soul.

The process is similar to what people today call "bedroom pop." That moniker is really a 21st-century description of a songwriting and recording method that I’ve been using since I got my first four-track tape machine.

I created these songs like I've created so many songs throughout my life:  alone with my thoughts and my guitars. Songwriting has long been my lifeline for expressing emotions I can’t always access in everyday life. An emotional release valve, a creative escape hatch. Home-recording has been another dimension of that expression for me. Experimental. Imperfect. Personal.

In my life as a professional musician and songwriter, I’ve usually been a band guy. Sometimes a song doesn’t fit the band or falls by the wayside. Over time, I end up with songs that hang around in my head. I’ve found that once in a while, I just need to put them out there to clear my mental deck for the new.

Also, part of me has long aspired to be a soul auteur à la Shuggie Otis. This release satisfies that desire. Although this group of songs predates the arrival of COVID, the pandemic has been an opportunity to see this album through in auteur fashion.

My wife is a traveler. I joined in not long after we met. Rome was our last trip together before our first child was born; the Spanish Steps were a place where we celebrated our engagement. Two kids later, we’re still on a journey together – even when we’re sheltering in place.

Greg Humphreys  |  Spanish Steps

1.  Everybody's Dancin'
2.  You Don't Understand
3.  Heart & Mind
4.  Agua
5.  Wanna Cry (But I Can’t)
6.  Place de la République
7.  Comin' To Get You
8.  Lucky Guy
9.  Are You Ready To Go
10.  I'm Not Goin' Anywhere
11.  At Least I Have You



Recently archived GH Live performances and podcast appearances

Trying to keep a rolling archive of online performances going through the pandemic! Thank y'all for your ongoing support. 

GH LIVE Ep. 8 – FB 
GH LIVE Ep. 7 – FB  
In The Loop Podcast with Josh Daniel and Lefty – FB / YT
We Don't Even Know webcast / podcast with Shonali Bhomik and Christian Felix – FB / YT

Archived perfomances from 2020

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – #remoterecordings series

GHET Ep. 1 – You're The One For Me — FB IG
GHET Ep. 2 – We're One — FB IG
GHET Ep. 3 – It's Going Down — FB IG


GH Live – webcast series

GH Live Ep. 1 — FB
GH Live Ep. 2 — FB
GH Live Ep. 3.1 — FB
GH Live Ep. 3.2 — FB
GH Live Ep. 4.1 — FB YT
GH Live Ep. 4.2 — FB YT
GH Live Ep. 5 — FB YT IG
GH Live Pop-up on the Porch — FB
GH Live Ep. 6 — FB 
GH Pop-up by the Fire — FB
Second acoustic concert from the home of Mikey and Melanie, Hankins NY

"Windows" — FB 
with The Blue Dogs and Jerry Douglas at Charleston Music Hall, Dec 2019

"Christmas" — FB
Dillon Fence at Lincoln Theatre Dec 2019 (solo encore perfomance)

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio — YT
Be Loud '19 set, live at Cat's Cradle Chapel Hill NC

 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

New LP Spanish Steps on Bandcamp now!

Spanish Steps
is here!


New solo LP Spanish Steps is now available for download / streaming HERE on bandcamp! Available soon on all streaming services.

Spanish Steps is a collection of songs navigating dreams, marriage and parenthood in New York City.

I’ve been writing and home-recording over the past few years with an evolving setup that I've dubbed my "mad scientist looping rig” – guitars, mics, drum machine, synths, pedalboards, mixer, looper, laptop. You could call this music my version of electro-soul.

The process is similar to what people today call "bedroom pop." That moniker is really a 21st-century description of a songwriting and recording method that I’ve been using since I got my first four-track tape machine.

I created these songs like I've created so many songs throughout my life:  alone with my thoughts and my guitars. Songwriting has long been my lifeline for expressing emotions I can’t always access in everyday life. An emotional release valve, a creative escape hatch. Home-recording has been another dimension of that expression for me. Experimental. Imperfect. Personal.

In my life as a professional musician and songwriter, I’ve usually been a band guy. Sometimes a song doesn’t fit the band or falls by the wayside. Over time, I end up with songs that hang around in my head. I’ve found that once in a while, I just need to put them out there to clear my mental deck for the new.

Also, part of me has long aspired to be a soul auteur à la Shuggie Otis. This release satisfies that desire. Although this group of songs predates the arrival of COVID, the pandemic has been an opportunity to see this album through in auteur fashion.

My wife is a traveler. I joined in not long after we met. Rome was our last trip together before our first child was born; the Spanish Steps were a place where we celebrated our engagement. Two kids later, we’re still on a journey together – even when we’re sheltering in place.

Greg Humphreys  |  Spanish Steps

1.  Everybody's Dancin'
2.  You Don't Understand
3.  Heart & Mind
4.  Agua
5.  Wanna Cry (But I Can’t)
6.  Place de la République
7.  Comin' To Get You
8.  Lucky Guy
9.  Are You Ready To Go
10.  I'm Not Goin' Anywhere
11.  At Least I Have You

Recently archived GH Live performances and podcast appearances

Since you last heard from me, I've done a couple more GH Live solo performances online and guested on a couple of great podcasts. They're archived below, if you'd like to check them out. Trying to keep a rolling archive of online performances going through the pandemic! Thank y'all for your ongoing support. 

GH LIVE Ep. 8 – FB 
GH LIVE Ep. 7 – FB  
In The Loop Podcast with Josh Daniel and Lefty – FB / YT
We Don't Even Know webcast / podcast with Shonali Bhomik and Christian Felix – FB / YT

Archived perfomances from 2020

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – #remoterecordings series

GHET Ep. 1 – You're The One For Me — FB IG
GHET Ep. 2 – We're One — FB IG
GHET Ep. 3 – It's Going Down — FB IG


GH Live – webcast series

GH Live Ep. 1 — FB
GH Live Ep. 2 — FB
GH Live Ep. 3.1 — FB
GH Live Ep. 3.2 — FB
GH Live Ep. 4.1 — FB YT
GH Live Ep. 4.2 — FB YT
GH Live Ep. 5 — FB YT IG
GH Live Pop-up on the Porch — FB
GH Live Ep. 6 — FB 
GH Pop-up by the Fire — FB
Second acoustic concert from the home of Mikey and Melanie, Hankins NY

"Windows" — FB 
with The Blue Dogs and Jerry Douglas at Charleston Music Hall, Dec 2019

"Christmas" — FB
Dillon Fence at Lincoln Theatre Dec 2019 (solo encore perfomance)

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio — YT
Be Loud '19 set, live at Cat's Cradle Chapel Hill NC

 

Friday, January 29, 2021

FB Live Sat 1/30, new album, recent online performances

New year, new president, new vaccines. "May you live in interesting times," indeed. Our little family is still sequestering in our apartment in the East Village in NYC. We're masked up, social distancing and living day-to-day. I'm making music when I can! Jim just turned seven. Maia is starting to talk.

Upcoming new LP — Spanish Steps

Finishing up a new solo album called Spanish Steps, a collection of tunes I've written over the past few years. You might recognize some tunes from clips I've posted on my social media pages—I've been using my looping rig, drum machines, and synth sounds (in addition to my usual guitar and vocal work) to create some personal recordings that land somewhere outside of my usual rock n' roll / funk n' soul band context. Call it my version of Electro-Soul. I'm looking forward to getting these tunes out of my head and into your ears. I've also got another, newer batch of tunes coming up behind these — I'm clearing the deck for something new. More on Spanish Steps soon! 

GH LIVE Ep. 7 — Saturday, January 30, 8 PM EST

I'll be doing a Facebook Live solo performance (Live Ep. 7) this Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM EST. I've been finetuning my looping rig and webcasting setup for these live performances. It's been an ongoing technological adventure. Feel like I've got it looking and sounding good enough to give it another go.

I'll be doing some newer tunes on the looping rig and then I'll take some requests on acoustic. Please tune in at my Facebook personal page here. It's a free performance, but gratuities are much appreciated ( PayPal: ghumphreys@hobex.com and Venmo: @Greg-Humphreys .) The show will be archived at the link above if you can't catch it on Saturday night. Your support through this last year via these online performances has been incredibly generous and very helpful to our family. Thank you.

Recent online performances

I honestly haven't done that many online performances myself since my last newsletter, but I have done a few. I guested last week on a great NYC webcast / podcast called We Don't Even Know - that was fun! Thank you to hosts Shonali Bowmik and Christian Felix. There have also been some great archival performances shared on social media recently. Here are a few highlights for you to check out:

We Don't Even Know webcast / podcast - FB / YT
interview and live performance of "Take a Trip" (53 minute mark)

"Windows" — FB 
with The Blue Dogs and Jerry Douglas at Charleston Music Hall, Dec 2019

20th annual Post Turkey Day Jam with Jon Shain & Fj Ventre, Rissi Palmer and Joe Newberry. (short acoustic set)

Pop-up by the Fire — FB
Second acoustic concert from the home of Mikey and Melanie, Hankins NY

"Christmas" — FB 
Dillon Fence at Lincoln Theatre Dec 2019 (solo encore perfomance)

GH Live Ep. 6 — FB  

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio — YT
Be Loud '19 set, live at Cat's Cradle Chapel Hill NC



If you missed them, here are more archived online performances from 2020:
 

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – #remoterecordings series
GHET Ep. 1 – You're The One For Me — FB IG
GHET Ep. 2 – We're One — FB IG
GHET Ep. 3 – It's Going Down — FB IG
 

Greg Humphreys Live – webcast series
GH Live Ep. 1 — FB
GH Live Ep. 2 — FB
GH Live Ep. 3.1 — FB
GH Live Ep. 3.2 — FB
GH Live Ep. 4.1 — FB YT
GH Live Ep. 4.2 — FB YT
GH Live Ep. 5 — FB YT IG
GH Live Pop-up on the Porch — FB

 





GHET's Haymaker LP has received over 50,000 streams on Spotify. 
4 star record review at Blurt Magazine –– "Easily the most soulful record in recent memory."  
Stream and/or download Haymaker at the following online outlets: 
Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon Music / Bandcamp / Google Play / Tidal .
THANK YOU for supporting Greg Humphreys Electric Trio... follow GHET at our Spotify artist page
 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Fall Live Dates Canceled, Live Webcasts Happening

Hi there. It's been a while. Muddling our way through 2020 as best we can. Reacclimating to the city this week after some much-needed time upstate with my family this summer.

Our fall Greg Humphreys Electric Trio dates, rescheduled from the spring, have now been canceled. The folks at my booking agency, Mongrel Music, tell me that live music events as we knew them are not likely to come back until summer 2021, if then. If you’d like to do something to help our corner of the music industry survive this pandemic, please visit NITO Live and click TAKE ACTION to send a message to your representatives supporting the #RESTART act and the #saveourstages act.

Until then, please enjoy these social media offerings (FB, YouTube, Insta) I’ve shared over the past few months.

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – #remoterecordings series

GHET (myself, Matt Brandau, Keith Robinson) have posted a series of online collaborations we call #remoterecordings, and we might do more. Really interesting process making these, where the individual bandmembers record and video their own parts live and Keith edits and mixes it all together.

Episode 1 – You're The One For Me FB IG
Episode 2 – We're One  FB IG
Episode 3 – It's Going Down FB IG
 


Greg Humphreys Live – webcast series

I've been experimenting with webcasting solo live performances as well. It's been an ongoing technological challenge and a real learning experience; you get used to something unexpected happening. I wear a lot of hats trying to make these solo webcasts look and sound good, and it kept me engaged and playing during my family's three months of quarantine in our NY apartment.

Used my mad-scientist looping rig to build full tracks live on the first five episodes; tried some new tunes on Ep. 1 and visited many Dillon Fence, Hobex, and GHET tunes on subsequent episodes. Did my best to keep the setlists eclectic and interesting – I tried not to repeat a lot of songs, but I did try to play all requests and favorites at least once. If you’re interested in hearing any songs on future performances, let me know - your requests help make the next setlist!

"Pop-up on The Porch" was the most recent live webcast – a surprise solo acoustic performance in July from a house in the Catskills owned by my friends Mikey and Melanie, who had invited me to perform. Less preparation, more fave covers and audience requests on this one.

Hope to go live again soon. *Thank you* to everyone who has been supporting these live webcasts. Your contributions have been a balm to our family through this time.
 

GH Live Ep. 1 FB
GH Live Ep. 2 FB
GH Live Ep. 3.1 FB
GH Live Ep. 3.2 FB
GH Live Ep.4.1 FB YT
GH Live Ep.4.2 FB YT
GH Live Ep. 5 FB YT IG
GH Live Pop-up on the Porch FB
 





GHET's Haymaker LP has received over 50,000 streams on Spotify. 
4 star record review at Blurt Magazine –– "Easily the most soulful record in recent memory."  
Stream and/or download Haymaker at the following online outlets: 
Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon Music / Bandcamp / Google Play / Tidal .
THANK YOU for supporting Greg Humphreys Electric Trio... follow GHET at our Spotify artist page
 

Friday, April 10, 2020

Quarantined: #remoterecords Ep. 1!


Greetings from New York City. Challenging times here, dealing with shocking losses and seismic changes. Trying to stay positive, although sometimes it’s difficult. In the midst of this surreal uncertainty, we try to make good music and art that we can share.

In that spirit, we’re introducing a new series from Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, #remoterecords. Matt Brandau, Keith Robinson and I collaborate on remote recordings—We each record and video our own live performances at our home studios. Keith mixes the recording and edits the video. Our first installment is “You’re The One For Me.” We'll be sharing on FB and IG... check it out above.

Look for our second episode soon. Like so many musicians, we’re doing what we can to make the best of the situation. If you’d like to tip the band, you can do so below - please mention Electric Trio. Thank you for listening and sharing. #remoterecords
Venmo: @Greg-Humphreys
PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/PhrexRecords

NYC-area dates are postponed indefinitely. Our May NC dates have been rescheduled for October:
OCT 8 THU Flat Iron Greensboro, NC
OCT 9 FRI Pisgah Brewing Company Black Mountain, NC
OCT 10 SAT Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance Pittsboro, NC

more soon,
Greg

GHET's Haymaker LP has received 50,000 streams on Spotify. 4 star record review at Blurt Magazine –– "Easily the most soulful record in recent memory."  Stream and/or download Haymaker at the following online outlets: Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon Music / Bandcamp / Google Play / Tidal . THANK YOU for supporting Greg Humphreys Electric Trio... follow GHET at our Spotify artist page

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

GHET @ 11th St. Bar 2/6/20, December recap



GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO @
11TH ST. BAR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6


Back in the city after being away for a few months with the family. We just secured an apartment, so we'll be in the East Village for at least another year. Playing our first Greg Humphreys Electric Trio show of the year this Thursday, February 6th at 11th St. Bar (11th St. btw Ave A and B). Keith Robinson, Matt Brandau and I will be trying out a few new tunes! Would love to see you — we’ll be starting at 9 PM. More NYC area shows coming up over the next few months... we also have some exciting festival and spring date announcements coming soon. 

Upcoming NYC area shows:
Thu, Feb 6 — 11th Street Bar — East Village, New York, NY  
Sat, Feb 29 — Hometown Bar-B-Que — Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
Fri, Mar 13 — Fox & Crow — Jersey City, NJ 
Sat, Apr 25 — Bar Chord — Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY

DECEMBER RECAP — DILLON FENCE, BLUE DOGS
 



Dillon Fence had quite a night at Lincoln Theatre on December 20. Sold out show, amazing crowd. You lifted us up. Kent Alphin, Scott Carle, Chris Goode and I would like to THANK YOU all for coming. Big thanks to The Lincoln, Band Together, John Fields, Balsa Gliders, and Alex Lawhon for bringing it. The following night with Dillon Fence and Blue Dogs at Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte was also spectacular; here's hoping that we'll get some more DF shows together before too long. We have a great live recording of the Raleigh show — hope to share it with y'all at some point.



Speaking of Blue Dogs, it was a treat to be one of their musical guests at their annual Homecoming show held at Charleston Music Hall. Got to play and hang with their extra-large band of ace musicians and rip it up with the master, Jerry Douglas! Alison Krauss showed up and sang a beautiful song — backed by Jerry and members of the Cox family — and brought the house down. Kudos to Bobby Houck and the Blue Dogs family, Rob Lamble and Ear for Music, and everyone who attended for throwing a hell of a party and raising $70,000 for MUSC CHildren's Hospital. Thanks for having me.
More soon,
Greg



Greg with the Blue Dogs and Jerry Douglas.
 

GHET's Haymaker LP has received 50,000 streams on Spotify. 4 star record review at Blurt Magazine –– "Easily the most soulful record in recent memory."  Stream and/or download Haymaker at the following online outlets: Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon Music / Bandcamp / Google Play / Tidal . THANK YOU for supporting Greg Humphreys Electric Trio... follow GHET at our Spotify artist page