Greg NagyFriday, September 19, 2014
8:00 to 9:00 pm
North Stage

Known for spinning a diverse web of music out of guitar strings, young guitarist Greg Nagy, a Flint native, grew up with friends whose older siblings encouraged an exploration of soul, rock, funk, jazz, and Motown. The guttural blues of Muddy Waters and Albert King made a particularly strong mark onhime.  After a military stint and college,  the early-1990s’s found him working regularly seven nights a week in blues and funk bands.

Fast forward to a career changer:  As written by Frank John Hadley in Downbeat Magazine: “There probably hasn’t been a better blues or soul-club band than Root Doctor in the Wolverine State, and Greg happily signed on with that long-established group in 2004 on the condition they would finally record a studio record. They did two, with the second record Change Our Ways receiving a Soul Blues BMA nomination in 2008.  …  Not too long after the live Cadillac Club CD appeared and the band performed at the highly regarded Pocono Blues Festival, Greg left the band on good terms to reconnect with his solo career.”

In 2009 Nagy released his first solo album, Walk that Fine Line, which garnered a Best New Artist Debut nomination at the Blues Music Awards, received rave reviews and worldwide airplay, and peaked at #3 on XM Satellite Radio.  His 2011 release of Fell Toward None garnered widespread praise in high blues places and new recognition of his “heart-stopping, exceptional vocals.”  No question that he is now firmly established as a world-class musical artist.

Greg Nagy and Root Doctor are both performing at this year’s BluesFest — the former on Friday, North Stage at 8; the latter on Saturday, South Stage, at 7.  Playing keyboards with both bands is Mike Skory.  Completing Greg’s band are Glenn Giordano on drums and Joe Vasquez on bass.