BORN: Buffalo, NY
RESIDES: Somerville, Mass.
PLAYING SINCE: Full time musician since Aug. 1998
Discovery is just stumblin' across a thing that's always been.
Some artists find inspiration in romantic break-ups, others find it in rediscovering their roots. For Boston-based singer-songwriter Greg Klyma, it came from both.
Never Knew Caroline, his latest release, finds him coping with a toxic end of a romantic relationship and recalling the musicians from his Buffalo, NY hometown that inspired him in his formative years. Several of them, including critically acclaimed artists Peter Case and Gurf Morlix, join Klyma on the album.
The album opens with the title track, where we find Klyma at home while on the move after a period of "drowning in the mud" of his own mind. The album shifts gears with "Sand," a song reminiscent of both Harvest-era Neil Young and more recent releases by the Decemberists. "Discovery,” Klyma sings, “is just stumbling across a thing that's always been."
Morlix and Case are featured on “Kristofferson,” one of the album’s focal points. In this poignant ballad, Klyma pays homage to one of his songwriting heroes in both the title and the style of the song, while his delivery will draw comparisons to another hero, Willie Nelson.
The honky-tonk “Ex-Girlfriends Cost Less Money Than Ex-Wives” may or may not be tongue-in-cheek as Klyma proclaims, “you’ll spend less dating ten women than you will losing one bride.” It’s 1970’s outlaw country at its finest, made all the richer by guest guitarist Bill Kirchen.
The genre diversity shouldn’t come as a surprise from an artist well studied in American music. “Old school country, classic rock, and singer-songwriter folk are three styles of music that I love. I love to listen to 'em. I love to play 'em,” he says, “my wheelhouse finds me standing in the long shadows of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, and Mick & Keef, to name a few.”
His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It's the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
The Bastard Son
Down in the Mouth
All the Other Bridges
Ex-Girlfriends Cost Less Money Than Ex-Wives
My Old Guitar
Livin' the Life
sing-along rock song with a grooving cut time chorus
How's It Goin'
a touch of the ol' bluegrass swing
an intricate lyrical landscape with sparse pedal steel accompaniment
Men in My Family
Waltz time, pub song. Grab a pint and sing along.
Rock 'n' roll for lovers of direct language
Foot stompin', banjo romp featuring tenor, 5-string and cello banjo with field holler vocals.
Time Does Fly
What if the Carter Family sang about having some fun instead of dying and working hard?
Ex-Girlfriends Cost Less Money Than Ex-Wives
A Greg Klyma song that Willie Nelson could make a huge hit.
Here comes the rain again just like an old friend sayin' "I was just passing through the neighborhood. I hope you don't mind I drop in."
The Over in Lover
You really put me under your spell, then you put the over in lover
We had an attraction, then you took away the action, you put the over in lover
I was so blinded by your charm, I couldn't see the harm
You were my number one, now who's the number one, you put the over in lover
You put the go in gone, Now you're the going one who put the over in lover
You had me on a string, but hey, you didn't want the ring, you put the over in lover
When I saw yes in your eyes, I didn't know just how you'd cut me down to sighs
You were my one and only, now I'm alone and lonely, you put the over in lover
You put the over in lover
This song was cowritten mostly by text message following a longish cell phone conversation with Anthony da Costa. At some point, he said we're not bulletproof. I responed, that's why there's 90 Proof. He said, that sounds like a song. I said, I'm already writing it. Then the texting started and the song was finished.
Brokenhearted, long drive to Texas from Boston, stopped along the way in St. Louis, wrote a song, drove farther west. Showcasing the Shotgun Willie influence on my music.
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Green Room, Ninth Ward, Buffalo, NY
Backstage at the Ninth Ward, Buffalo, NY
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaks, specifically to have Mike Campbell produce an album of mine. Also, it'd be a thrill to have Willie Nelson record my song, "Kristofferson." Can you help make this happen?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
The Fender Telecaster of course (pedal steel is pretty hot, too).
3: What was the worst advice?
Can't say that I remember - must've been really bad
4: What was your first concert?
Willie Nelson and Family
5: What/where is the best road food?
I like to find a locally run co-op and load up on fruit and trail mix. Ooh, and dark chocolate.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
1) Keep writing 2) Sing into the mic
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?