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Gregory Lanier
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SJ at Sparrowbush 2005 - Pride and Joy
Hi and thanks for stopping by. A little about me, I am more of a poet than a performer - words intrigue me - but have always found myself at the center of attention. I think I get that attribute from my mother. I usually write and play for my own enjoyment. Therefore, a lot of my original work is too introspective for pop audiences that don't like to think about the message in the music. Some folks cover the meaning with flashy music and are very successful, even when there is no meaning at all. I am the converse, believing that the music is there to support the words. With that being said, it is often hard to find the right mix of music with words. I have plenty of both that don't want to mesh. Here's a link if you would like to read of few of my selected poems that are almost good enough to read. I'm not proud, just stupid, and decided to post them anyway: I am a folk musician at heart, with influences that include gospel, bluegrass, and irish ballads. As you might can tell from the slightly ecclectic gathering of cover songs I've included on this site, my influences are wide, yet they all seem to have a common bond to me. Thanks for taking a listen and a look. If you like what you hear, please join my fan club.
Band/artist history
Been playing since I was a kid. I've never had lessons and can't read music (to many an ex-band mates frustration). My primary instruments are guitar and keyboards, but I can usually make just about anything emote music. Spent a brief time in the US Navy riding submarines. I was known then for my parody songs. Started playing seriously in the late '80's/early '90's. Cut a 2 song demo in Nashville in 1992 that played on a few hundred radio stations across the country. Played in many bands, usually the lead singer and often backing up with rhythm guitar. Previous bands include: The Whiskey River Bandits (mid-west Country cover band with a lot of local notoriety), The Doughboys, Hobson's Choice, One Track Mind, and Southern Justice. It's been a fun ride.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Haven't played live in over 4 years, but thinking about getting back into it.
Your musical influences
That list is long, distinguished and in no particular order of importance: James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, Elton John (and more importantly his songwriter Bernie Taupin), Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Elvis (at least the gospel stuff), John Denver, Eddie Rabbit, Bob Dylan, CCR, Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and U2.
What equipment do you use?
Ovation Custom Legend, Ibanez Roadstar II, Yamaha YPG-635 keyboard, Byerdynamic mic, AKG mic, SM58 mic, SM48 mic, Carvin amps, Mackie board, Belkin Tunestudio USB interface, Peavey speakers
Anything else?
It's great to be recognized, but I play because I can't NOT play. Music is my religion.
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