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January 18, 2009

Greg V - great Nashville player

I stumbled onto Greg V one day. I think it may have been because of an ad in a guitar magazine, I'm not quite sure. However, I took a look at his website and bought his album Tailgate Troubadour. It is an instrumental album, and I think it's a must have if you are into Telecasters and Fender amps. The tones Greg is getting on this album are gorgeous.

Greg V resides in Nashville, and does many sessions. He has worked with people such as Wynona Judd, Double Trouble, Buddy Miles, Rascal Flatts, LoneStar, etc. In other words, he is a very versatile player. He is not just a country picker, no he plays a variety of styles, and it's quite a treat to listen to.

The album Tailgate Troubadour is Greg's solo CD debut.  There are twelve soulful instrumental songs that are all very interesting to listen to. They have a rootsy vibe and feel, and Greg give us a "tone road trip" by using Nocasters, Telecasters, Gretsches, Dobro, Lap Steel, Baritone, Mando-guitar and sweet sounding vintage amps.

He seems to favour Fender Pro Reverbs, as well as Super Reverbs and other vintage Fender amps. Swart amps are highly regarded by Greg as well.

On Greg's website, there's plenty of information about the gear used for each song on the album. I found it both fun and educational to read the recording notes for each song on his website, while listening to those songs. There interesting sounds and effects which you don't have to guess what they are when you hear them - it's all explained on the website.

If you are like me - interested in rootsy, twangy, lap-steel, emotional Americana soundscapes with fantastic vintage guitar sounds - get this album. I think you will enjoy it a lot.

Learn more about Greg V at http://gregvmusic.com/

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on January 18, 2009

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