Album Reviews

Greg Humphreys Electric Trio

Lucky Guy

Artist:     Greg Humphreys Electric Trio

Album:     Lucky Guy

Label:     Phrex Records

Release Date:     06/14/2016

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This Electirc Trio truly lives up to their name. Greg Humphreys (of Dillon Fence and Hobex) takes a break from his normally acoustic sound to be a part of the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio. The titular track on this debut release may have you scratching your head though — because this is still acoustic. Some of Hobex’s stuff actually sounds more electric than this. Listen a bit more though, and you’ll see why this band really is “electric.”

The trio has played over 130 live dates in their first two years, but they took their sweet time to make a perfectly curated debut studio album. To support the album and the tour, a PledgeMusic campaign was launched. Once the campaign’s goal is met, a portion of the pledges will be donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

The songs here are influenced by pop, funk, soul, R&B, and rock n’ roll. “Crosstown” seems to blend all of these genres and is the stand-out track on the album. The Electric Trio formed in 2014 in New York City. Drummer Keith Robinson brings his Texas influences while bassist Matt Brandau (who has backed up Elvis Costello and Joan Osborne) adds his experiences as well. They may be southern, but this band could open for just about anyone and blow the crowd away.

And who knows? I bet these songs would sound just as great “plugged in.” You know, electric.

-Brenda Hillegas

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