Greg Nagy has the rare skill to make a listener sit up straight and take close notice with his roots music. As a guitarist, he’s been a favorite of Midwestern audiences for about two decades, finally getting noticed by the American blues public at large in the mid-aughts when he was with the acclaimed Root Doctor band. Flying solo the past couple years, Nagy has deepened the art of his guitar playing at the same time he showed burgeoning confidence as a singer. For good reason, his album Walk That Fine Thin Line earned a coveted Best New Artist Debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in 2009; the release also was favorably received by major music magazines and DJs on radio across the States, as well as in Europe and Australia.
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Though a damn good album, Walk
was just a starting point for the ascent of his creativity, which has him fascinatingly melding modern and classic blues with r&b, soul and rock. Nagy’s self-liberating new album, Fell Toward None
, is where he truly finds his art in his craft, where he strikes a fresh, innovative pose on a program of original materials, plus criminally neglected guitarist Freddie King’s Pack It Up
. Blessed with a strong-willed musical intelligence, the Michigan native sings with impressive range and power. Not unexpectedly, his guitar hits all the right notes when sustaining and releasing tension. Unlike the common lot of blues guitarists these days, Nagy doesn’t wallow in cliches or showboat. Moreover, he has come into his own as a songwriter—dig his outstanding ballad Still Means the World To Me
, and his tempo-shifting shuffle Wishing Well
, (both co-authored with longtime collaborator Jim Alfredson), his witty Facebook Mama
, his swamp blues-and-more salute to his hometown, Flint, that gives its title to the album, and all the rest. Whether in a power trio, in a quartet with a keyboardist, or joined by the Motor City Horns, Nagy does himself proud, putting his heart into his music, successfully exploring melody, harmony, syncopation, interplay, spontaneity. Call Fell Toward None
an auspicious beginning for this special musician…
Blues Foundation award-winner (journalism)
Greg Nagy - Fell Toward None
1. Pack It Up (Chandler) 4:02
2. Wishing Well (J. Alfredson & G. Nagy) 4:03
3. Be With You (J. Alfredson) 4:05
4. I'll Know I'm Ready (J. Alfredson) 5:43
5. Can't Take It No More (K. Depree, J. Shaneberger, & G. Nagy) 3:29
6. Let It Roll (K. Depree, J. Shaneberger, & G. Nagy) 3:39
7. Still Means The World To Me (J. Alfredson & G. Nagy) 4:54
8. Facebook Mama (G.Nagy) 3:43
9. For A Broken Heart (J. Alfredson & G. Nagy) 3:44
10. Here Comes My Baby (K. Depree, J. Shaneberger, & G. Nagy) 3:18
11. Fell Toward None (G. Nagy) 3:06
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 26 March, 2011.