Then there's Greg, a party to far-out beyond bluegrass experimentations with his college roommate Mark Vann of Leftover Salmon, or his post-college roommate, a certain resophonic guitar celeb named Rob Ickes; Greg, a first-call session man with a style so rapturously soaring, so wildly bluesy only a sweater of Mr. Rogers proportions could temper its fire. Most recently he is proprietor and bouzouki geek of the worldly old-time of Mighty Squirrel.
While the academic version is far from this man or his music, there must be a little bit of Gregory in Greg, even when he's a fiddling Jaybird. Perhaps the writer's focus gives the fiddler the uncanny ability to, in the space of a single set, play melodic partner to Trisha Gagnon's pure, timeless voice, slice a clean edge through a blues-infused Jim Nunally composition, and double up or harmonize with John Reischman's note-perfect mandolin, all at the drop of the hat.
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