"Tailgate Troubadour" is a timeless, guitar driven Americana road trip with Greg V's Telecasters, Gretsches, Dobro, Lap Steel, Baritone, Mando-guitar and glowing vintage amps as your passengers. A powerful 12 song, 56 minute sonic ride...
His music is not about "guitars gone wild" and yet "Tailgate Troubadour" has plenty of unexpected twists, wicked guitar tones, moaning lap-steel and smokin' Fender amplifiers ready to explode. It is all about organic Americana soundscapes, with nothing being wasted... Serving the song, every greasy texture, emotional layer and guitar string bend has the full commitment of Greg V's flesh and soul.
All 12 tunes feature the incredibly artful playing of Lucinda William's drummer Jim Christie and Jackson Browne's bassist Kevin McCormick. Beautifully mixed by Jackson Browne's guitarist Mark Goldenberg and mastered by "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab.
Years of recording sessions, touring and playing with a diverse range of established artists is reflected in "Tailgate Troubadour" a soulful brew of Greg V's heart and guitars melting into burnin' tube amps.
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Having toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan's band Double Trouble (Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon) and Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles, Greg V. smiled recalling all the years growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia playing guitar endlessly, never knowing where the journey would lead him... The journey accelerated the night Greg V. graduated from high school. Instead of going to a party after the graduation ceremony he went home to pack his Plymouth Fury full of guitars and amps, barely sleeping before his cross-country move to San Francisco the next morning.
Soon he was playing with bassist and American Idol judge Randy Jackson, Doobie Brothers drummer John Hartman and local legend Bonnie Hayes songwriter for Bonnie Raitt. Many diverse recording sessions followed, such as: Melissa Etheridge, Gregg Rolie (Journey keys) and Michael Schrieve (Santana drummer). Levi's, Budweiser and Giorgio Perfume commercials were done alongside producer Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion). Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise keyboardist) tapped Greg V. to play on the cult classic TV series Max Headroom and three seasons of Bay Watch, other TV shows: Parker Lewis Can't Lose and O'Hara followed.
After a tour with guitar legend Ronnie Montrose Greg V. headed for Los Angeles, CA and began touring with drummer Buddy Miles for several years. French star David Hallyday asked Greg V. to tour throughout Europe for several more years followed by a beautiful 3 year musical vacation in Honolulu, HI where he played 250 shows a year with the islands premier rock band "The Piranha Brothers". Longing for an organic musical environment he made a move to Austin, Texas. Not knowing a soul in Austin he made friends quickly and within three months Double Trouble's Chris Layton called asking Greg V. to tour with Double Trouble in support of their CD release "Been A Long Time". This was followed by a Central and South American tour with Colin Hay, vocalist for Men At Work.
Currently residing in Nashville, TN he has performed with artists Jewel, Keith Urban, Wynonna Judd, Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, LoneStar, John Rich of Big & Rich, Ashley Ray, Wade Bowen, Amy Dalley, James Otto, Shelly Fairchild, Luke Dick, The Bittersweets. Greg V. plays in the house band for Season 2 of CMT's "Gone Country" airing in Aug. '08.
"Tailgate Troubadour" brings Greg V. back to his Virginian roots and takes you on a journey to bend the dusty back roads of your soul...
CREDITS - TV - PRESS
Studio or Live Performances
GONE COUNTRY SEASON 2008
PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE
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