GREG NAGY, took his rightful place among today’s leading American roots musicians with the 2009 release of his first feature album, Walk That Fine Thin Line. A multi-faceted artist in the most classic sense, his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing beautifully reveal Greg’s personalized blues; music refreshingly and honestly infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, and gospel. So unique and impressive was Greg’s debut release that it earned him a prestigious Best New Artist debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as favorable reviews from hard-to-please critics at top media outlets like Down Beat, All About jazz, Blues Revue, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Living Blues, Hitting The Note, Elmore and more. Blues/roots DJs throughout North America, Europe, and Australia responded enthusiastically to Greg’s music, with Walk That Fine Line debuting on the National Living Blues Radio charts at number fourteen, and peaking at number three on XM satellite radio, no small achievement.
Following up to the debut of Walk That Fine Thin Line, Greg raised his own bar several notches with the dynamic, “Fell Toward None.” With Bob Seger’s “Motor City Horns” on three tracks and Kid Rock’s engineer Glenn Brown at the engineering helm, Greg released a record that garnered rising praise from the likes of Ken Bay (Rollingstone.com, About.com), Johnny Winter producer Dick Shurman, and more. Ken Bays called the record one of the best contemporary blues releases of 2011, and Dick Shurman gave praise to Greg’s deep and personal guitar playing, writing, and to his refreshingly “excellent vocals.” A musician, singer, and songwriter of formidable talent in his own right, Jeff Paris (Keb Mo, Bill Withers, Rod Stewart) shared that “Greg can play anything he wants guitar-wise, but it is his voice that is heart stopping….” And the iconic Sing Out magazine exclaimed "Nagy’s vocals recall Boz Scaggs at his most soulful and sophisticated." Fell Toward None also charted at number three on XM radio, again, no small achievement.
Born in 1963, in Flint, Michigan, the “Auto City” birthplace of once-mighty General Motors, young guitarist Greg was fortunate to grow up with friends whose older siblings encouraged an exploration of soul, rock, funk, jazz, and the Motown Sound originating down Interstate 75 in Detroit. The guttural blues of Muddy Waters and Albert King made a particularly strong mark on the Kearsley High School student who went on to military service and then college before, in the early-1990s, working regularly seven nights a week in blues and funk bands.
There probably hasn’t been a better blues or soul club-band than Root Doctor in the Wolverine State, and Greg happily signed on with that long-established group in 2004 on the condition they would finally record a studio record. They did two, with the second record “Change Our Ways” receiving a Soul Blues BMA nomination in 2008. Word about the superior talents of the Root Doctor group spread far beyond the Midwest. Not too long after the live “Cadillac Club” appeared and the band performed at the highly regarded Pocono Blues Festival, Greg left the band on good terms for a solo career. And “Walk That Fine Thin Line” marks its auspicious beginning, “Fell Toward None” elevated it some more, and it now appears that his story is only just beginning to be told...
~Frank John Hadley