SNEAK PREVIEW: CHECK OUT THE NEW VIDEO FOR "MORE THAN A FRIEND" HERE.
GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO SPRING TOUR: THE BACKSTORY
I follow my muse. She calls and I go. That's it. Sometimes it takes me a while to move, but eventually I head in that direction; met a beautiful lady not too long ago and moved to NYC. We now have a baby boy.
Since I've been living in the city, I've been collaborating with an old friend from North Carolina, bassist/producer Matt Brandau. He and his wife Sarah moved here about three years ago. Matt and I played together back in Carrboro in a mostly instrumental side-project of his called Tiny Pyramids, mainly populated by his band members from The Old Ceremony.
One of the first things Matt and I did once I moved here was write a song together called "Crosstown." Check out a preview of the track here on SoundCloud:
It took me a couple of months to finish the lyrics because I wanted to make sure the song evoked a feeling of newly living in New York City and being in love. I've written quite a few songs in that vein this past year.
Matt and I have recorded a few more of these new songs, including "More Than a Friend" featured in the video above. The recordings are sounding decidedly like a combo, so we've decided to take these tunes out for a spin. We recruited Matt's friend Keith Robinson, a seasoned drummer and New Yorker-via-Austin TX who spent years on the road backing up piano queen Marcia Ball and Texas circuit king Charlie Robison. We've been doing some gigs around the city and we're taking it on the road in April. Details, venue and ticket links are here.
Sat 4/12 Cusbah Washington DC 10:45 pm
Sun 4/13 Pine Lakes Tavern Myrtle Beach SC
Tue 4/15 Grey Eagle Asheville NC Joe Fletcher 8 pm, GH Trio 9 pm, Shivering Timbers 10 pm
Wed 4/16 Bourgie Nights Wilmington NC 9 pm
Thur 4/17 The Garage Winston-Salem NC Brett Harris opens at 8 :30 pm
Fri 4/18 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Silk Hope NC Cabaret Tent 3:45 pm
Sat 4/19 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival Silk Hope NC Meadow Stage 10:45 am
The New York gigs have been tons of fun – we have one more set at Rockwood 1 at 3 pm on Sunday, April 6. It feels good to be playing electric guitar again. Live, I'm using all the tools in the shed with this combo – Rock 'n' Roll, Funk 'n' Soul, Pop, Folk, Jazz, Americana, Blues. Whatever feels right. We'll be throwing in a few cuts from the catalog too, so hit me with any requests you might have. Please come to a show and please tell your friends... a return visit is much more likely that way. Hope to see you in April.