Darryl Gregory

Darryl Gregory

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Darryl's music sits on the knife edge of backwoods country and swampy-rock and takes you from the tension of angry guitars to the sweet settling hand of the dobro and the fiddle. Site: darrylgregory.com email: darryl@bluecavestudios.com

Biography

The sound of Darryl Gregory's music is influenced by the fact that he has played so many different genres of music and has gone through many changes as a musician/performer/composer. When you start out as a classically trained trombonist and spend a decade or so playing in symphonies and big band jazz bands, that sound doesn't just fall by the wayside. When you become interested in Indonesian music and form a group that creates their own instruments and does free improvisation as their basic form, that just doesn't fall by the wayside. When, at about the same time, you play guitar and bass in several rock bands and create your own recording studio... Well you get my drift.

Darryl's sound is an amalgam of many different worlds, yet it is still recognizable as American roots, rhythm and blues. His lyrics are evocative and tell a story that hooks the listener in along with compelling melodies and beats that make the toe tap and the head bob. Whatever the influence, the music is primarily guitar-based and lyric driven, but beyond that pale anything goes.

Darryl Gregory is a true multi-instrumentalist who honed his skills as a rocker and singer-songwriter in the dirty dives of NYC in the late 1990’s and early part of the new century. He produces other songwriters in his studio (Blue Cave Studios) now located in Sandy Hook, CT, specializing in finding a “personalized sound” for each of his clients. Darryl has composed music for many different types of ensembles including orchestra, band, brass quintet, string quartet and Javanese Gamelan. He has composed music for film as well as incidental music for several off and off-off Broadway theatrical and dance works. Darryl has degrees in Music Education, trombone performance and music composition. He lives with his wife and son in the backwoods of Connecticut.

Lyrics

I Can't Wait (for love)

Written By: Darryl Gregory (BMI)

I can't wait for love
I can't wait for happiness
I can't wait for time to heal a broken heart
I can't wait for words
I can't wait for moonlight
I can't wait for tomorrow to bring another day

And I can't wait for promises
No I can't wait for clouds to pass
And I can't wait forever
But I will wait for you

Letters in the sand
Written by an empty hand
And the tide will come to wash it all away
Memories we keep
Like a river running deep
And I see you there
Waiting on the other side

I can't wait for prayers
I can't wait for simple dreams
I can't wait for faith to light this empty room
I can't wait for tears
I can't wait for sympathy
I can't wait for a soft voice to say the things I want to hear

And I can't wait for promises
No I can't wait for clouds to pass
And I can't wait forever
But I will wait for you

Drivin' In

Written By: Darryl Gregory (BMI)

My baby's drivin' in
She's gonna take me out
She wanna do this town
She wanna scream and shout
She gonna get what she needs
Come hell or high water
It's the same to me
My baby's drivin' in she gonna take me out

She got a Coup DeVille
She got Jesus Christ
Well he's sittin' on her dashboard
Head bobbin' left to right
She drivin' ninety miles per hour
On the Garden State
Lipstick on her cigarette
I can't wait
My baby's drivin' in
She gonna take me out

Well she works all week
Says her boss-man is drivin her crazy
She got her heels in the back
For when Fridays roll around
She been thinking of things
She gonna do to make me
Feel alright
She pulls up to the curb and says
C'mon baby we're goin out tonight

SHE

Written By: Darryl Gregory (BMI)

Standing here sweating the blues
Putting on a deadman's suit
Fingering a wedding band
Like a phantom limb on my left hand

She is gasoline
She is the holy flame
She
Has burned me to the ground

I've got nothing left to give
She's sucked the marrow from my bones
She's reached in to take another rib
And she'll never be satisfied
'til she has everything
Everything and my soul

Trying hard to add it up
Looking for a little lady-luck
Money's gone I've signed the line
Nothing left to do but cry-cry-cry

She is gasoline
She is the holy flame
She
Has burned me to the ground

Steel Mill Town

Written By: Darryl Gregory (BMI)

She was born east of Cleveland
Over by the steel mills
Where ash from the furnace
Settled on her window sills
They sent her to a Catholic school
Where she learned the Rosary
In this Steel Mill town
On the shores of lake Erie

She married him at sixteen
With a baby on the way
She thought that she loved him
But who was she to say
He promised that he'd take her
Down south where the water's warm
But it's been forty-odd years
She's still here where she was born

So count your blessings add 'em up
Write 'em down now every day
You'll see that what you have is
Worth the price you pay
But it's a pretty penny that you spend
When you live life day to day
And you're waiting for the next page to turn
Cursing at the world
For all that's been done
In this old Steel Mill Town

And the flames from the mills
Burn just like a midnight sun
This city's on fire
Her children are all gone
And her husband's buried too
She sits there thinking about the past
Wishin that her life was through

Well the gray snows of December
Cover up her small front yard
She's seen so many winters here
That she pays them no regard
She sees no sense in moving now
This is where her roots run down
Through the iron and the slag
Of this Old Steel Mill Town

So count your blessings add 'em up
Write 'em down now every day
You'll see that what you have is
Worth the price you pay
But it's a pretty penny that you spend
When you live life day to day
And you're waiting for the next page to turn
Cursing at the world
For all that's been done
In this old Steel Mill Town

Halfmoon Road

Written By: Darryl Gregory (BMI)

I can see the mermaids
Dancing on the waves of that lake
This Ohio sun plays tricks
In this hot summer haze
I'm sweating on these vinyl seats
Of this broken down old Ford
And I'm thinking of a girl I used to know
On Half Moon Road
Half Moon Road

She lived down at her Mama's house
Just past the Dairy Queen
She had no time to fall in love
She was making plans to leave
She said, Boy, if it's gonna be anyone
It may as well be you
But be ready for some heartbreak when you go
Down Half Moon Road
Half Moon Road

She had plans and dreams
And midnight schemes
But none that had my name
Driving fast
I thought it would last
But she got tired of playing the game

And we
Never talked about it
No she
Never told me where she might go
No we
Never talked about it
And the dust flew from my tires as I drove
Down Half Moon Road
Half Moon Road

I can hear the mermaids
Singing songs to my soul
Laughing at the fool I am
They whisper just let it go
I hang a left at that Dairy Queen
Heading back to New York
And I'll leave behind that girl I used to know
On Half-Moon Road

Discography

1999: solo album: Cold Comfort Songs
2003: SaReel Project: world music & experimental
2003: Swanky Hotel: Glass of Something
2006: SaReel Project: Worldology: experimental world music
2007: solo album: SHE

*go to www.darrylgregory.com for more album info

Set List

Set length is 30-40 minutes (two sets) with mostly originals from my songbook.

Cover songs include selections from:
*Bruce Springsteen
*Woodie Guthrie
*Neil Young
*Hank Williams
*Bryan Adams
*Tom Waits
*Elvis Costello
and more...