The Gregg Daigle Band channels open spaces, warm vibes, and diverse influences — a musical reflection of their home in the Great Southwest. Their music celebrates a life spent in search of simplicity and nature’s inspiration.
Gregg Daigle’s own life has taken him from the bustle of the Northeast to the serene vistas of New Mexico; his musical journey has seen him travel similarly wide expanses. Like many pickers, it was rock n’ roll that initially put a guitar in Gregg’s hands; a keen ear and an open mind eventually led him to explore a varied cross-section of the acoustic music landscape, from classical to Gypsy jazz. However, it was the rootsy sounds of Bill Monroe and bluegrass that would leave the deepest mark, evident in the strains of acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin that abound throughout the band’s music.
The Gregg Daigle Band represents a true convergence of these seemingly disparate musical paths. Jon McMillan provides a solid rhythmic foundation upon which Gregg and mandolinist Bob Bruen build robust melodies and harmonies – music that is at once instantly accessible but replete with hidden nuances that reward repeated listening. Through thoughtful dynamics and a seamless blending of acoustic tones, the band infuses their lyrics with a sense of time and space. Days turn to nights. Seasons pass. Children grow. Gotta seize the hay.
With or without lyrics, The Gregg Daigle Band always has a story to tell. Instrumental compositions like “Twenty-Nine Wishes” and “River Dogs” provide not only a showcase for the band’s understated virtuosity, but a sonic vision of places visited and lives lived. Guitar, banjo, and mandolin weave a rich musical tapestry that never meanders, endeavoring to connect with fellow musicians and casual listeners alike.
Like the ramblers, workers, and families it reflects, The Gregg Daigle Band is the product of minds and souls in motion – a band on a journey, eager to share the sights and sounds of a life well lived.
~ Ben Bonin- New.Old.Stock. a guitar music blog