Macon Greyson

Macon Greyson

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Macon Greyson has managed to marshal a strong seventies rock sound that has been seldom heard since the end of the Vietnam era. They give up a little country dirt, but they mostly rely on the ability to warp their sound into an irrationally abandoned genre that deferred with the advent of computers.

Biography

Most of an artists’ best work is created when they are bushed. Whether they are tired of routine or just tired of the banality of existing art, from weariness comes excellence. That line of equilibrium is balanced on Macon Greyson’s newest studio album, 20th Century Accidents. The lyrical content on the album addresses many significant topics and the musical backing provides a breathing force of pure guitar bliss. Steadying away from being pigeon-holed, the album declines participation in the simple categorization of country and instead gives the listener ample opportunity to rock out.

Often confused as a group fronted by an individual singer-songwriter named Macon Greyson, the four-piece actually started as a band with no name but plenty of ideas. Lead singer Buddy Huffman met drummer Badger Vass through mutual friends, and Badger brought in his friends Harley Husbands and Fred Kousal to play lead guitars and bass, respectively. Legendary Texan musician Ray Wylie Hubbard, who served as their inspiration in more ways than one by both thinking up the name “Macon Greyson” and providing his keen ear for their fundamental sound, produced their first studio album, 2000’s Miles From Here. However, as time would roll on, the men of Macon Greyson would discover that they not only had a recognizable talent for producing country-laden roots rock but also defiantly unabashed guitar rock.

This rock-infused sound that blended the talents of the four-piece was presented on their most recent critically acclaimed album, 2006’s Translate. Blending straightforward rock with meaningful lyrics, Buddy Huffman began to incorporate the music he loved to play with the lyrics he had to write. His talent for looking towards the future, but consecutively presenting his thoughts on the world he saw around him, would become part of the band’s trademark sound that launched them out of the stratosphere of mindless rock.

On 20th Century Accidents the band has tightened up, and is now perfectly comfortable to deliver the old school rock that speaks so cleverly to their fellow devotees of jaded and cynical music with an edge. It is for that reason that comparisons simply don’t do Macon Greyson justice. For Buddy Huffman, a lyricist who takes his inspiration from the likes of Kurt Vonnegut and legendary rock heroes, a good old fashioned rock'n'roll album is just another outlet to express his thoughts on the world around him.

Paralleling political rock in the 1970’s very closely in both sound and lyrical content, Macon Greyson is hoping to dispossess prevalent typecasts that call for Americans to ignore what is happening in the world. The theme of some major tracks (including “Minnesota Weather Map,” “Right or Wrong” and “Black Light”) is about embracing individuality as a strength of character, not a personality weakness. As Huffman explains, “The songs are about watching destruction and knowing that it happens, but not trying to fix it. Individuality shouldn’t be an isolationist stance.”

Each track on Accidents attracts the listener with a remarkably important story. “John Q Blues” sounds as though Paul McCartney got trapped in an elevator with Ace Frehley, and the result was a 3 minute opus to catchy hooks. On one of the standouts of the album, “I’m Still Here,” Huffman’s lyrical boldness is incorporated into roots rock stripped to its core. Blending lyrics primarily influenced by Huffman’s notable muse, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., into bluegrass-style accompaniment, the track is a simple and delicate illustration of social commentary. Over all the tracks, the combination of cerebral lyrics with expertly executed musical accompaniment makes each member in Macon Greyson vitally important to the unique sound emanating from this rock band out of Dallas, Texas.

Macon Greyson has managed to marshal a strong seventies rock sound that has been seldom heard since the end of the Vietnam era. They give up a little country dirt (which can be expected from any band hailing from the fore-regions of Texas), but they mostly rely on the ability to warp their sound into an irrationally abandoned genre that deferred with the advent of computers. Whether you live and breathe garage rock like AC/DC or whether you are more of a subscriber to poignant ballads, Macon Greyson covers it. Quite simply- if all bands had Macon Greyson’s natural ability to combine activist lyrics with catchy melodies, the world would be better for it.

Discography

Miles From Here EP (2000)

* Album was re-released in 2005 and included two studio demo-tracks and four live tracks as well as the original songs released in 2000.

Uneasy (2002)

Translate (2005)

* Re-released by Fat Caddy Records in 2006

20th Century Accidents

* Release date is October 9, 2007

Set List

Macon Greyson's typical setlists are taken from their three studio albums and may also include original songs not currently appearing on any of their three albums.

Set lengths will vary on situation. Opening sets typically run an hour or less. Headliner sets can last more than two hours if need be.