September 2019

Musicians in Bathrooms featuring Greg Smith

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

What’s your sign?
Detour

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic:
“Prisoner in Disguise,” by Linda Ronstadt (written by John David Souther)

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
From a fan review on iTunes: “Greg is one of those individuals that was put on this earth to make music.”
From a person at a gig: “I really like the way you sing. It made me feel like you were talking directly to me about something I was feeling inside.” (That was really cool because that’s what any musician goes for.)

What do you sing in the shower?
I sing old Motown stuff and become a soaped-up Temptation who ain’t too proud to beg.

Favorite cereal?
Raisin Bran Crunch

What is your favorite piece to perform?
On piano: a “suite” of two of my songs: “Lives of Desperation” and “Simple Things.”

At what venue do you most like to perform?
Christy’s in Rocky Mount, NC with my bandmate Zack Greene on bass.

Most requested song at shows?
The title track of my latest album: “Waiting for the Truth.” Also, people like “Make Your Point,” which is one of my songs I usually use as a show starter, because it’s very high energy.

First concert you attended?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was a great concert and such a tight band. I was mesmerized by guitarist Mike Campbell. Their live version of “You Wreck Me” wrecked me.

Favorite artist?
Musician: Karla Bonoff
Painter: Jackson Pollock
Sculptor: Degas

Place you go to get away from it all?
My recording studio. Solitary: to think, to compose, to explore.

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gregsmith.net

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song: “Sally went down to the bayou…
Lookin’ for trouble and fun. She saw him and sighed; the sparks started to fly; then she kissed him and came undone. No need to ask why or to justify. She just kissed him and came undone.” (I may use that.)

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
Kevin Connolly. Because we always choose someone much better looking than ourselves, right?

First instrument you learned to play?
My sister Judy’s Kay (brand) guitar. It has a 1930s twangy guitar tone. I still have that guitar and have used it in several film documentary soundtracks that I’ve composed.

Song you were thrilled to finally master?
George Harrison’s solo, “Something” on the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. I played it over and over again on that Kay guitar until I got it down.

What do you wish you knew more about?
Classical music theory … and a thousand other things. I’m fascinated by things I don’t yet understand.

What animal do you most identify with?
The kestrel

If you got super-famous and you had to change your name, what would your new name be?
Tyler Tunney. I love the alliteration. And isn’t it funny how we are assigned names and stuck with them forever? Everyone should eventually change their name to suit their personality. (I say this as someone named Smith.)

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
Someone you’ve heard of: Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.
Someone you haven’t heard of: Lynn Grunza (her album: The Heart Must Command)

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