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

 





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