GREG NAGY INTERVIEW
For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:
Eclectic blues infused modern music..
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
The latest cd "Stranded" has been number one on the Roots Music Reports R&B and Soul chart for nearly four months.
And it has spun on about 350 stations around the globe. Four star reviews from All About Jazz, Soul Bag, and DownBeat too.
I am very excited to see it being so well received. My father however said it was hard to listen to... it shares some personal pain and he said it is hard to hear his own child suffer. I told him the record saved my life and that I hope it helps others who have loved long and lost hard.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
The bulk of the record was tracked within a few weeks. This record just seemed to fall into place. That isn't always the case.
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
I'm proud of the entire record and honestly it is hard to pin point favorites. Mostly, I defer to the listener. Of those who seem to like it, everyone seems to have their own favorites and the answers are quite varied. Right now I'm enjoying "Run Away With You" live. People really seem to warm up to that one in a live setting. Long Way to Memphis has taken on a life of its own live too.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
My influences range wildly through blues, soul, and other original music. Albert King was the one who first gave me goosebumps, however.
Vocally I like anyone who tells a story. Tom Waits to Little Milton... it's all good to me. And Freddy King was fearless as a vocalist!
What are you listening to (on iPod, record, cd, bandcamp)?
Lately I haven't been listening much as I am performing a lot. So books on audible seem to be my go to. However, my son did
buy me a Chicago Blues Compilation disc and it has been nice revisiting Magic Sam, Muddy Water, et al as of late.
What advice should you have taken but did not?
Don't take things too personally. Don't be so hard on yourself. I am getting better at those.
What should people know about you?
I generally and genuinely try to be kind to others. I love my kids.
What has been the most significant achievement you’ve had with your music so far?
Once opened up for Macy Gray in front 25,000 people and then played a furniture store sales event the for an audience of none and found joy in both cases. To me, it's always about the music.
What does the next 6 months look like for you?
Working hard to build 2016. 2014 and 2015 has been a personal transition year. Things are looking up.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
This record is about recovery and hope. I hope people listen to it and that it helps. It sure helped me to make it. Thank you for this interview, Rudolf. Much respect to you and your wonderful readers.
Greg Nagy - Stranded
Met 'Stranded' brengt Greg Nagy zijn derde solo album uit.
Het thema van het album is treurig te noemen, het gaat namelijk over het stranden van zijn huwelijk na vijfentwintig jaar.
Op het 10 nummers tellende album zingt Greg zes nummers
van eigen hand. De emotie horen we goed terug in de songs van Greg Nagy. Op het album horen we soulvolle songs, blues en funk. Ondanks het treurige thema van het album klinkt het album niet overwegend droevig.
Stranded is naar mijn mening een goed album geworden met knap uitgevoerde nummers. De soulvolle stem in combinatie met het prima gitaarspel van Greg en het hoge niveau van de rest van de band maakt het album erg toegankelijk.