When Greg Blake sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers from his native Appalachia, invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the ‘high, lonesome sound.’ He has twice been nominated for the SPBGMA‘s Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and five times won the SPBGMA‘s Guitarist of the Year, not to mention the Kansas State Flatpicking championship.
After fronting a variety of bands in Kansas, Greg’s career as a minister took him to Colorado in 2007, where he met banjo ace Jeff Scroggins and his mandolin whiz son Tristan. They formed the band Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, becoming one of the most sought after bluegrass acts both in the U.S. and abroad. In 2015, as the band was becoming more and more in demand and Greg released his debut solo album, Songs of Heart and Home, and decided to move from his lifelong calling as a minister to the full-time bluegrass music scene.
Greg is rapidly becoming a headline artist with a number of projects including Real Country, with Victoria’s Miles Zurawell on dobro and banjo, Edmonton’s Nico Humby on bass, and fiddler/mandolinist Issac Callendar. See why none other than Del McCoury call Greg “a singer’s singer” and why the IBMA has also recognized him with a recent nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.