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The best kept secret in music


"Barb's crystal clear, well-crafted harmonies weave themselves around Greg's smoky-voiced, enigmatic lyrics. They create a sound that you need, and want, to listen to again and again."

-Walter Lee, Coahoma Community Concert Series, Texas
- Walter Lee

I was playing Waring Steaknite last Wednesday and Greg and Barb from Butterfly Sky turned up to sit in. Very competent musicians from Chicago. Butterfly Sky is in Texas through the Folk Festival and is living on their bus at Quiet Valley. Great vocals and harmonies underline this original songwriting team. This CD has a dozen songs in a wide variety of styles in the best singer/songwriter tradition. Keep an eye out for Butterfly Sky - they are making the rounds of local venues and I'm sure will be performing at most of them soon.

Reviewed by Greg Forest, The Music Office - Hill Country Happenings

Some of you may have noticed a new album has popped up in the Americana section at Hastings called "Turn," by Butterfly Sky.

Butterfly Sky is the duo of Greg Greer and Barb Nashold. I had the chance to catch a set by the group last year, when they were in town for the Kerrville Folk Fest and were doing a show at Hastings. I was impressed with their songwriting and vocal abilities and now comes word that they will be in town for a house concert at Slacker Manor on Friday at 7 p.m.

According to the Butterfly Sky web site, the 12-song "Turn"features "rhythmic acoustic guitar that settles in the background while Greer's emotionally powerful baritone and Nashold's soulful harmonies twist and blend together in a singular mixture of folk, blues, country and soul."

Having seen them, I can testify to the accuarcy of this description.

Slacker Manor doubles as the home of Greg Forest and Martha Cammack [actually Greg's home, but not Martha's -ed.]. Call 896-0405 or 377-6077 for more information and/or reservations.

There will be a potluck before the show.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish and the suggested donation is $10.

- Tom Kellar (Night Hawk) - Kerrville Daily Times


Album "Turn" 2004
(Second album on its way.)


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Hear a voice like Lyle Lovett and the soulful delivery of Martin Sexton and mix with equal parts Eva Cassidy, Bonnie Raitt and the Carter Family, and you begin to imagine the sound of BUTTERFLY SKY. Duo Greg Greer & Barb Nashold draw from a deep well of engaging and insightful originals, their soulful harmonies bursting with life. Theirs is a shape-shifting dance of joy, loss, healing, laughter, love and occasional socio-political commentary as they relate to themselves and their fellow humans. With a view from their tour bus and a nod to the butterfly, it’s the journey, not the destination that captivates this duo.

And journey they do in their vintage 1983 silver and blue coach tour bus, affectionately named Gracie. The couple’s magical meeting place in 2003 was the Underground Wonder Bar in their hometown Chicago, and only a few months later they took up the Willie Nelson theory of touring and hit the road year ‘round. The highways and byways east of the Mississippi know Gracie’s tire treads well, but she’s a Texas gal, and she always seems to point home to the Lone Star State, carrying the duo’s music along with her.

In their live shows, Greg’s rhythmic picking and strumming patterns create an energetic accompaniment to the intense harmonies of the voices. The lyrics tell stories with insight and compassion as the music flows effortlessly through folk, country and blues with touches of gospel, jazz and world music. “TURN,” the BUTTERFLY SKY debut album, reflects the duo’s live sound. As they tour through Texas, the Midwest and the Northeast, the duo is already playing songs from the new album, scheduled for release May 2006. “Mr. Lock Man (Mend My Love)” tells the story of a mythical locksmith who, instead of mending locks, mends broken hearts. “Coal Miner’s Sun” is about a man gone wrong whose “windshield is darker than a coal miner’s sun.” Years ago in a Boston subway, a woman twirled around Greg for hours as he played. Suddenly she woke up as if she’d been in a dream state, inspiring the song “Dancer.”

Greg’s performing and songwriting career stretches back 16 years, at times a rock drummer and lead singer, a blues singer and harmonica player, a country crooner and in recent years an acoustic singer-songwriter. His rhythmic and lyrical tendencies became apparent early in life. At age 12 he was the only drummer, flute player, piano player or songwriter in his family. A decade later Greg found himself on scholarship at Southern Baptist College in Arkansas, singing and touring with the Southern Singers. He then made a sharp turn toward the rock world and followed a ragged path from Arkansas to Memphis, Hollywood, Las Vegas and finally the Caribbean. It was in St. Thomas, VI that Greg began to play acoustic guitar and write the stories of people he met in his adventures, including himself. The island hills overlooking the ocean became his practice spot as Greg’s drumming hands found their way around this new instrument, creating his own sound. Eight years later Greg travels with his Gretsch jumbo body and about 80 original songs.

Barb started her music career at the ripe old age of one, crawling around joyfully blowing tooth marks into and noisy revelry out of her dad’s harmonica. Graduation to singing with her dad and his acoustic guitar soon revealed a natural gift for harmonies. Like others in her musical family, Barb also chose a brass instrument when she began playing trumpet at age 8. The horn is mostly silent now, but that improvisational quality sometimes still shines through in her vocal choices. Barb’s artistic explorations while a voice major at Monmouth College led her to a 10-year stay in the Chicago music community. The history-steeped halls of Old Town School of Folk Music became her musical home as she jumped headfirst from her training in music theatre, jazz and classical voice into the world of folk and roots music. And she hasn’t left since. Barb pens an occasional original for the BUTTERFLY SKY set list, including the spiritual “Mama Paris” and the middle-eastern flavored “Freedom Too.”

The duo loves to share music in intimate listening spaces and spirited festivals, with a fondness for House Concerts. BUTTERFLY SKY has also been invited to play respected venues such as Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Anderson Fair in Houston and The Wildflower Café in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Walter Lee of Coahoma Community House Concert Series in Texas has this to say: “Barb’s crystal clear, well-crafted harmonies weave themselves around Greg’s smoky-voiced, enigmatic lyrics. They create a sound that you need, and want, to listen to again and again. BUTTERFLY SKY provides a wonderful evening of listening.”

It’s said that the movement of a butterfly’s wing can change the winds across the world. What about two butterflies – or better yet, a whole commu