Greg Alexander - "Sky it Shall Be"
Exquisite Soulful Acoustic Folk-Rock
just heard this guy for the first time and I am very glad I did. He sings with a
bluesy tinge but in an upbeat optimistic manner. I do hear his stated influences
of Clapton, Sexton and the Band in at least one or more songs, but there is also
a hint of Dave Matthews as well. It's an original sound. His songs are never too
heavy or dark in subject matter but are far from simplistic. He has some neat
jazzy twists and consistently excellent accompaniment from local New England
musicians. Bottom line-- His music makes me feel good... and it will you as
well. That's reason enough to make a purchase. (My personal song favorites were
Glad, Leaving Time and Listening To London)
-Rob Lincoln, cdreviewsonline.com
Sky It Shall Be - 11 songs
Greg Alexander sings and strums straight folk music
with few of the extravagant look-at-me frills so beloved of tyros and
songs are deepened in their texture by a significant bluesy underpinning. But
he's from a more modern wave of the folk/blues
tradition; think less of Bukka White and more of the 70s-era singer-songwriters
like James Taylor, with a slightly melancholic but
uplifting emotional component. Perhaps the most memorable song on this
collection is the delightfully uptempo "I'm Still Writing This," which
reminds me a great deal of British folk of the Fairport Convention school.
However, many of the songs are performed at midtempo, but with nuanced and
brightly colored instrumentals, heard to best effect on "I'll Rock the
Boat" and the soulful and appropriately titled
"Lullaby". A name to watch.
The Noise - Rock Around Boston
Traditional folk catches
festival judges' ears
"You get back to the originality and that's an artist's greatest
gift," said judge Rita Houston, the music director for WFUV-FM. "That
single thing that sets you apart."
Greg Alexander made all five judges think of pure folk music. They
appreciated that he added his own bluesy twist and Houston said that he wrote a
song that hadn't been written before.
"I got chills a couple of times during the song," said producer Leo
"He really embodies the folk tradition."
Alexander's sound - that of a solo acoustic guitarist with a tinge of blues -
Greg adds his own unique flair. With a keen ear for the catch-all phrases that
capture an aspect of the human experience, Alexander challenges his audience to
think past face value, consider "other ways" and ponder "what's
in a name."
Greg Alexander; Hätten Tracy Chapman und James Taylor je eine musikalische und
oder private Beziehung gehabt, dann müsste das Ergebnis ihres
Miteinanders heute in
etwa so klingen,wie es Greg Alexander auch ohne derlei
verwandtschaftliche Verhältnisse tut.
Der Sänger, Songwriter und
Schauspieler aus New York City fusioniert die lyrische Direktheit
des Folk mit
der gefühligen Seelentiefe des Soul und berührt damit Herz und Hirn.
Translation: (Joy Voeth)
Had Tracy Chapman and James Taylor ever had a musical and/or private relationship the
result of their togetherness would have sounded today like Greg Alexander. Without being a result of their union, he accomplishes this of his
singer songwriter out of New York City fuses the lyrical directness of
with the deep feeling of soul music, thereby stirring both the heart and mind.
Seine Kritiker sagen, das Ouvre des Sängers und Sonwriters GREG ALEXANDER
sei eine perfekte Symbiose
aus dem Soul von James Taylor und dem Folk einer
Tracy Chapman. Wir sagen, der Mann ist zudem
und stets bescheiden. Ein Abend für das Gute im Menschen.
Translation: (Andrea Hairston)
His critics say, the work of singer - songwriter Greg Alexander is a perfect symbiosis of
the soul of
James Taylor and the folk sensibility of Tracy Chapman. We say the man in
addition to being an actor,
multi-Instrumentalist and always modest.
His live performance is an evening for the good in people (humanity).
His voice competes with the fervor of his guitar playing, and the pain of his
is reflected in his face as he reaches deep inside and pulls out part of his
soul, but then he smiles,
adding just enough humor to keep his audience from despairing.
Alexander was born to perform.
New York by way of western Massachusetts singer/songwriter Greg Alexander
sports a powerful
and dynamic voice, and his songs are propelled by interesting
chord changes skillfully coaxed
from acoustic guitar.
Besides, local audiences might know him from
his time touring with Northampton's
Chrysalis Theatre Company
Enchanted Circle Theatre Company.