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TIME OUT, BATON ROUGE, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th! - October 28, 2016

 

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Gregg Wright performs at the Time Out Lounge

 4619 Bennington Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Doors open 4PM . Showtime: 8PM

Admission: $10  Tel: (225) 330-4593.

Website : http://www.timeoutbr.com

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THE BATON ROUGE BLUES SOCIETY PRESENTS A BLUES BRUNCH WITH GREGG WRIGHT! - August 2, 2016

Baton Rouge Blues Brunch...with Gregg Wright with Special Guests Jackson Price and the Blues Rockets

Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Inductee

AUGUST 7, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
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Time: 11:00am     Day: Sunday    Ages: All Ages / Bar with ID     Price: $10
Baton Rouge Blues Brunch...with Gregg Wright with Special Guests Jackson El Prado @ Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership - August 7th 2016 11:00 am
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Please join us for the inaugural effort between Taos Mesa Brewing and the Baton Rouge Blues Society

Our featured artist Gregg Wright came out of the same dark, rich, Louisiana Gumbo that produced Buddy Guy, Slim Harpo, Raful and Kenny Neal.

Gregg Wright is in the top echelons of the world's great Blues Guitarists " according to the international publication Blues Matters. Inducted in 2013 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Wright is also a electrifying singer and live performer whose guitar playing leaves audiences breathless. " Gregg Wright has an extra gear most guitarists don't have " raves fellow bluesman Zac Harmon. All this accompanied by a killer stage presence honed by years of touring with Michael Jackson , Mick Fleetwood, and many others

BISCUITS and BLUES, SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, JULY 17th! - July 14, 2016

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WRIGHT TO PERFORM AT THE NORTHWEST FREEDOM FEST, PORTLAND, OREGON! - June 15, 2016

Gregg Wright will perform at the Northwest Freedom Fest in Portland, Oregon, Friday, July 1st, with Eric Gales and a host of others. 

Ticket info: 

Friday Night – July 1st $20
http://www.etix.com/…/nw-freedom-festguitar-legends-eric-ga…

Saturday Night - July 2nd $35
https://www.etix.com/…/nw-freedom-festfirehouse-steelheart-…

Both Nights $50
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WRIGHT A HEADLINER AT THE 2016 SAN FELIPE BLUES AND ARTS FIESTA! - January 31, 2016

Gregg Wright is one of the headline acts at the 2016 San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta in the beautiful coastal town of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Gregg is scheduled to perform Saturday, March 19th.

For more info, check out the festival website:

http://bluesandartsfestival.sanfelipebclionsclub.com

GREGG RETURNS TO LITTLE LOU'S BBQ, CAMPBELL, CA FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016!! - January 9, 2016

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Little Lou's BBQ in Campbell, CA.
Address: 2455 S Winchester Blvd Campbell, CA 95008
Phone number: (408) 796-7852
Show time: 7-10PM

THE POOR HOUSE BISTRO, SAN JOSE, CA SATURDAY, FEB. 28th! - February 27, 2015

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The Poor House Bistro

91 S Autumn St, San Jose, CA 95110
Tel: (408) 292-5837

BISCUITS & BLUES, SAN FRANCISCO, CA! - February 3, 2015

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SUNDAY, MARCH 1st @ BISCUITS & BLUES,  SAN FRANCISCO, CA!

Click on this link for more info:  http://www.biscuitsandblues.com/greggwright


The 2015 NAMM Show! - January 22, 2015

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S.F. BAY AREA SHOWS ANNOUNCED! - January 6, 2015

Gregg Wright returns to the San Francisco Bay area for a series of shows beginning the last weekend of February:

Fri. February 27th- TBA

Sat. February 28th- The Poor House Bistro, San Jose, CA

Sun. March 1st- Biscuits & Blues, San Francisco, CA

More dates to be announced.

Video: The 2014 Delta Blues Festival, Antioch, CA

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GREGG HEADLINING THE 2014 DELTA BLUES FESTIVAL, ANTIOCH, CA! - August 5, 2014

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Gregg Wright headlines the Delta Blues Festival in Antioch, CA Saturday, September 13, 2014! 

JULY 2014 LOUISIANA/TEXAS SHOWS ANNOUNCED! - June 17, 2014

 

 

Fri. July 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teddy's Juke Joint, Zachary, LA

Sat. July 12 . . . . . . . . . . Magnolia Sports Bar, Denham Springs, LA

Fri. July 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Brady's, Baton Rouge, LA

Sat. July 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sam's Place, Crowley, LA

Sat. July 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Tall City Blues Fest, Midland, TX

GREGG WRIGHT TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW SIGNATURE GUITAR FROM FRET-KING! - June 4, 2014

GREGG SET FOR TEXAS RETURN AT THE TALL CITY BLUES FEST! - April 20, 2014

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For info about the Tall City Blues Fest, check out their website by clicking on the link below:

http://www.tallcitybluesfest.com

 


GREGG WRIGHT MAKES FILM DEBUT IN "BABE'S and RICKY'S INN" DOCUMENTARY! - April 19, 2014

4146916875_dc500316cf_1_.jpgGregg Wright is one of the numerous West Coast Blues artist's to appear in the award winning new documentary film by Ramin Niami, "Babe's and Ricky's Inn" (The Documentary). The film centers on the famous South Los Angeles Blues club and its owner, the late Laura Mae "Mama" Gross. Some of the music artists featured in the film include Zac Harmon, Deacon Jones, Ray Bailey, Dennis Jones, Sherry Pruitt, and Wright appear in interviews and heart pumping live performance segments. "What really stands out and grabs you is how amazingly pure and un-Hollywood Babe's and Rickey's was." says Wright. "It was like having a real Louisiana or Mississippi juke joint right here in the center of Los Angeles, California! I'm just sad it's gone." L.A. Times entertainment critic Betsey Sharkey  says “If you don’t want to get up and move at some point during this film, go and see a doctor!“  Check out the Official "Babe's and Ricky's Inn" movie trailer by clicking on the arrow in the screen

Cast Bios: http://www.babesandrickysinn.com/Cast_Bios.html 

Crew Bios: http://www.babesandrickysinn.com/Crew_Bios.html 

FRET-KING GUITARS AVAILABLE DIRECT FROM WEBSITE! - March 19, 2014

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Fret-King guitars, including the Corona Black Label Gregg Wright Signature Model (shown here), are now available for purchase direct from the Fret-King website: http://fret-king.com

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GREGG WRIGHT INDUCTED INTO THE LOUISIANA MUSIC HALL OF FAME! - May 2, 2013

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Gregg Wright is the newest honoree to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at Club Coozan in Baton Rouge, LA on Sunday, April 28th and was attended by a crowd of about 350 people. "Being inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is the greatest honor of my musical career because Louisiana, it's people, music, food and culture has had such a major impact on my life and music. It's something I always carry in my heart." says Gregg. "My sincere thanks, gratitude and appreciation to Mike Shepherd and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Now I wanna go have a jam session with Buddy Guy at the Hall!" Visit the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame at: http://www.lmhof.org 

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(LMHOF President Mike Shepherd (l) presents Gregg Wright the plaque commemorating his induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame) 

THE NEW FRET-KING BLACK LABEL CORONA "GWR" GREGG WRIGHT SIGNATURE MODEL GUITAR BY TREV WILKINSON! - January 18, 2013

Screen_Shot_2013-01-18_at_08_58_04_resized.pngFret-King's Black Label Corona "GWR" Gregg Wright Signature Model guitar, designed by Trev Wilkinson, makes its debut at the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA the weekend of January 25-27, 2013.

"It's a real honor to have my own signature model guitar" says Gregg. "Trev Wilkinson, Dennis Drumm and I met last year at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. They approached me with the idea of building a Gregg Wright signature model guitar, which quite frankly had never crossed my mind. I told them about a guitar I had built in 1984 specifically for the Jackson's Victory Tour. It became my main axe for the next eight years and appeared on countless tours and albums. Norman Harris of Norman's Rare Guitars told me the Hard Rock Cafe was interested in the guitar due to its unique history, so off it went to the Hard Rock and I got my little piece of Rock & Roll immortality. But . . . it's always bugged the Hell out of me, giving up that guitar! If you're a serious player, giving up a guitar you've worked with for a long time is almost like giving up one of your kids or something equally horrible! I told Trev and Dennis this story and described the guitar in great detail."  

Trev Wikinson immediately suggested some great ideas for Gregg, "Not only can we build a better guitar exactly to your specifications, but equip it with better technology. It will stay in tune and the bridge and tremolo will function perfectly!"

So now, the Fret-King Black Label "GWR" is a reality. Gregg will officially debut this guitar at the House of Blues Anaheim, Saturday, January 26, 2013. Showtime is 10:00 PM. No cover charge. The Fret-King Black Label GWR is available a Fret-King dealers, worldwide: http://www.fret-king.com/gregg_wright.html 

Check out this excellent review in the U.K.'s Guitarist magazine about the Fret-King Black Label GWR Gregg Wright Signature Model: http://www.musicradar.com/gear/guitars/electric/6-string-solid-body/black-label-series-corona-gwr-gregg-wright-model-573881

 

From American Blues Blog: The Chicago Blues Tour: An Inside Look at a Musician's Life On the Road (reprinted by permission) - April 25, 2010

The 2009 CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL/ Europe Tour

Posted on 4/24/2010 by René


The 2009 Chicago Blues Festival/ Europe Tour:
An Inside Look At A Musician’s Life on the Road
Chapter 4: “A Fantastic Night In Switzerland!”

By Gregg Wright (photo by Salva1745)



In early 2009, my good friend Zac Harmon invited me to join him and his band as a featured guest on a tour of Europe he’d be headlining later in the year, called The Chicago Blues Festival Tour. The six week long tour would feature Zac, Diunna Greenleaf, and myself. After rehearsing in Dallas, we flew to Paris for an amazing month and a half of making music, traveling to new places and making lots of new friends. American Blues Blog has asked me to relay my experiences and give you the readers, a firsthand inside look at the reality of a musician's
life on the road.


November 23, 2009:

Man, last night’s show at Ville Haute in the picturesque hilltop town of Tournon d’Agenais was incredible! The venue is a beautiful old medieval church that’s been converted into an awesome music hall. The acoustics are unreal! We’re getting tight and really beginning to read each other. Of course, the Zac Harmon Band is already tight and have their telepathy thing down. So it’s on me to transform from woodshed mode into a fire breathing guitar monster, onstage. After getting a few shows under my belt, I’m nearly there.



This morning it’s cold, grey, windy and drizzling. After breakfast and coffee, I head outside with my camera to get some shots of this very unique 17th century hotel and its beautifully landscaped gardens. Chateau de l’Hoste is older than America itself!



We load up, pull away and finally hit the road. From this point on, nearly everything is a blur. Fortunately, I kept a journal! It’s a five hour drive to Bayonne near the Spanish border. I can see Spain’s Pyrennees Mountains near the outskirts of town. We check into Hotel Loustau and get to sleep for a few hours. Wiped out!




Tonight’s show at Boucau is even better than last night! Great sound, great crowd, great venue. Both Zac and I have killer guitar tones! Awesome night! Glad we rested...


(photo by Alex Rodriguez)

November 25, 2009:

Zac and I talk over breakfast about the differences of touring at age 25 versus touring at age 50 . . . “Brother, I ain’t hangout out all hours of the night chasin’ women, drinkin’ & smokin’ or anything! A glass of wine after the show and I am takin’ my ass to bed!!” We laugh so loud and hard at this new reality, that we actually startle a few of the other breakfast customers.

I don’t know if Zac was a wild ass back in the day, but St. Gregory the Virtuous I certainly was not! Hopefully, at some point your common sense and maturity take over, because the body count in the touring game is very high if you don’t wise up and make good choices. Think of all the great musicians that didn’t get to mature and grow because of all the vices and foolishness out here that lie in wait like a predator if you’re not careful. I enjoy and appreciate the privilege of being a professional musician on a much deeper level than when I was a twenty-something.


We’re in Brest on the northwest coast of France, tonight. The venue is Le Vauban which is in the basement of Hotel Le Vauban, where we are staying. How convenient!

The cold wind and rain from the North Atlantic make it impossible to go out and take in the town, which is a normal part of my touring ritual. Since I was a child, I’ve always wanted to travel to far off lands and meet people of different cultures and nationalities. But that cold has me staying in and watching French TV until I fall asleep.

It’s late afternoon when I awake. We all meet downstairs at the venue for soundcheck and a hot meal. As tired and spaced as everyone is, spirits remain high. The show at Le Vauban is sold out and the auditorium is packed shoulder to shoulder. People are jammed up right to the front of the stage, completely taken away by the music. We are kicking some serious ass! We’re totally in synch, relaxed and able to really pour it on. Tonight, I’m playing my best guitar thus far on the tour. We have Le Vauban sweatin’ & stompin’ like a Mississippi juke joint!

November 26- December 2, 2009:

These dates are a complete blur of highways, hotels, sleeping when you can and of course, amazing shows. One thing I’ve noticed on this tour, is the quality of the food in France. All the meals we have are of the highest, freshest quality. Doing a tour like this in the States would mean, fast food . . . burgers and a whole lot of nasty, unhealthy shit. It’s become painfully clear to me that there’s definitely something wrong with the food we eat in America. We’re slowly being poisoned, because everybody at home is either fat, sick, or physically messed up prematurely.

Since crossing the Atlantic, I’ve eaten two full meals a day, drank red wine daily, and snacked on French bread and cheese. Yet I’ve lost twelve pounds and my blood glucose is in the normal range. Hmmmmm . . . you tell me! Everybody I see in France is slim with some serious bounce in their step. The elderly people here seem to have more vitality than most people I know at home who are a good twenty years younger. Ironically, I’ve not seen a single TV commercial for pharmaceutical drugs of any kind here.

December 3, 2009:

Today, we are headed east out of France to Zug (pronounced “Zoog”), Switzerland. Of all my European travels, this is my first visit to Switzerland and I’ve got my camera ready. We cross the border at Lucerne and make our way to Zug. The first mind blower for me is seeing the snow capped Alps in the distance and the perfect little Currier & Ives Christmas card villages along the way.


Zug, Switzerland

Zug sits on a lake and our hotel is on a hillside overlooking the city and the lake. The view from my room couldn’t be more perfect. Tonight’s show is at a strange looking silver metallic building called the Chollerhalle, where we will have a damned near perfect show. Let me tell you about the amazing musicians that make this happen . . .

Cedric Goodman is one of the world’s great drummers. He has it all; killer feel and tempo. He locks, never wavers, is a great singer and real showman.


Cedric Goodman (photo by Xavier Chertier/Xavphoto)

Corey Lacy is a keyboard prodigy, sings his ass off and is the tour’s official funny man. The boy is stone crazy! So naturally we hung out the most.


Corey Lacy

Mr. Buthel is so rock solid on bass it doesn’t make sense! Sings his ass off too. He’s the kinda cat you want on your team when you go to war. Great bass player!


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Diunna Greenleaf is well on her way to becoming the new Queen of Blues.


Diunna Greenleaf (photo by Xavier Chertier/XavPhoto)

Now Zac Harmon, well he’s equal parts Mississippi Blues Man and tent revival Pentecostal preacher, with a wicked voice and deeply soulful guitar. I love playing with these folks!



Zac Harmon (photo by Xavier Chertier/XavPhoto)

Come to the show and we will kick your ass, in a good way, of course. Tonight is pure magic. We’ve really hit our stride. After all the miles of travel, everyone is still feeling pretty damned good!


Next: “Luxembourg, Monaco and Paris”
To learn more about me and my music, visit my website: www.greggwright.com

An exclusive by Gregg Wright for the American Blues Blog
(photo by Serge Corrieras)


Story and photos by Gregg Wright
© 2010 Left Hook Music
All rights reserved

Additional photo credits:

photo by Salva1745, ©Salva1745

photo by Alex Rodriguez, ©Alex Rodriguez

photos by Xavier Chertier/Xavphoto, ©Xavier Chertier

photo by Serge Corrieras, ©Serge Corrieras

From American Blues Blog: "A Musician's Life On the Road" - April 18, 2010

 

“THE DREADED ONE NIGHTERS!"


The 2009 Chicago Blues Festival/ Europe Tour:
An Inside Look At A Musician’s Life on the Road
Chapter 3: “The Dreaded One Nighters!”

By Gregg Wright


In early 2009, my good friend and great Bluesman, Zac Harmon invited me to join him and his band as a featured guest on a tour of Europe he’d be headlining later in the year. The soulful Blues songstress Diunna Greenleaf would be the other featured artist. After rehearsing in Dallas, we flew to Paris to begin the six week long Chicago Blues Festival. It’s been an annual European concert event for the last forty years. This is my day to day account of six amazing weeks of making music, traveling, insane humor and making lots of new friends . . .

November 18, 2009:

It’s about to get serious! After two sold out nights at Club Banana Peel in Ruiselede, Belgium, we are about to embark on a string of twenty straight “one nighters” across a huge chunk of Europe. In travelling performer circles, the term “one nighters” can strike a sense of dread into the very core of the most hardened “Road Dog.” One nighters are when you roll into a town, set up, do a show and move onto the next show on the very same night, usually late. Everybody takes a deep breath as we pull out of Ruiselede to make the 9:00AM train from Lille, France to Nimes in the South. Tired as a Mofo!



We pull up to the train station in Lille and run like Hell to the terminal. It’s cold and windy as fuck outside!!! Guillaume gives us the tickets as we board the train for the five hour ride to Nimes. Once onboard, we get a chance to laugh, relax and take in the beautiful French countryside.

Southern France is warm and beautiful. Like Southern California but much cleaner. We are dressed for Northern Europe! Didier picks us up and takes us to Novotel. My room there is on the 6th floor and I have a spectacular view! Our show is in the hotel’s auditorium . . . the Hotel Atria Auditorium. We have a great show, which is sold out.




November 19, 2009:

After visiting the Roman Coliseum in Nimes early in the morning, we catch the train to Avoin. From this point, everything becomes a blur. It’s twenty days and nights of fleeting moments, amazing shows, late night “solve all the world’s problems” drunken conversations, loads of hysterical laughter and hotels too numerous to name. I remember when I played guitar for Michael Jackson, how things became blurry after a few months.



Well, the Chicago Blues Festival Europe is moving twice as fast as Michael’s tour and things are intensely blurry after only a few days!




November 22, 2009:

Tonight we are at Salle Des Fetes Ville Haute, in Torunon Agenais, France. Two things make this date stand out in the 20 day blur . . . Tournon is an unbelievably beautiful medieval hilltop village and our hotel, Chateau De L’ Hoste is a 14th century house in the country. Beautiful as this may be, it doesn’t change the fact that there are almost three weeks of one nighters to do before we get a chance to rest and recharge.



Next: “A Night In Switzerland!”

To learn more about me and my music, visit my website: www.greggwright.com

Story and photos by Gregg Wright
© 2010 Left Hook Music
All rights reserved
Additional photos © Salva 1745

An exclusive to the American Blues Blog by Gregg Wright.
Posted on 4/18/2010

A Musician's Life On the Road - April 3, 2010

American Blues Blog asked Gregg Wright to write a six week long series, recounting his experiences on the road during the Chicago Blues Festival Europe Tour with Zac Harmon and Diunna Greenleaf. Click on the link below to get the full story.

http://www.americanbluesblog.com/2010/04/inside-look-at-musicians-life-on-road.html

Gregg a Featured Journalist on "American Blues Blog!" - March 21, 2010

Gregg Wright is a featured journalist on American Blues Blog,  with a six-week long series titled "The 2009 Chicago Blues Festival/ Europe Tour: An Inside Look At A Musician’s Life on the Road."

Wright gives an inside, up close and personal day-to-day journalistic account of the recent Chicago Blues Festival Europe Tour, and life on the road for the modern Blues musician, through words and pictures. Headlined by Zac Harmon and his band, the tour featured Gregg and Diunna Greenleaf and covered six countries. To read it on American Blues Blog, click here:

 http://www.americanbluesblog.com

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