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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

TV’s Biggest Unknown Star: An Interview With Greg Laswell

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Remember on the Season Finale of last season’s Grey’s Anatomy when Izzie AND George were dying?  Whoa!  What an intense cliffhanger and a perfect song to capture the drama. Remember that song that was playing?  Yup, that’s Greg Laswell singing “Off I Go.”  He’s the biggest TV Star you don’t know.

You may not know his name, but if you’ve flipped a TV on in recent years, you definitely know his music.   Singer songwriter/Producer/recording engineer Greg Laswell has more featured songs on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy than temperamental Katherine Heigl’s acted in. 🙂  Musicians today are dying to hit the promotional jackpot of getting their music featured on top-rated TV shows and movies – and this man has taken up some serious real estate on One Tree Hill, Smallville, Grey’s Anatomy, 90210, CSI: Miami, and many more.

In anticipation of this third full studio album release called Take a Bow on May 4th, I got the esteemed pleasure of doing an interview with Greg Laswell.  Greg’s unique style and rich baritone voice has an intoxicating drone of melancholy woven through every note.  His music arrangements have layered waves of piano, voice, guitar, melodies with crashing crescendos, and a cinematic thrill that takes you on a journey more  dramatic than the film it’s soundtracked to.

When Greg Laswell sings, you can actually feel the twisting of the knife in your heart. 

In fact, the first time I saw him live, he performed “High and Low” and my hairs stood up on end and I could feel myself choking back tears. I wonder why we crave that pain sometimes…

I once tried to stalk him at a show.  Ya know, my brush with fame so he knows I’M somebody…or whatever.  He was smoking cigarettes outside at a table and on his phone the whole time and his body language was screaming that he didn’t necessarily want to socialize.  So of course I made up this whole story that he’s a brooding artist that likes to be a hermit and be sad. 

When I got the chance to do an interview with Greg Laswell, I thought FOR SURE that since he’s made his entire career documenting his own heartbreak through his music, that he would spend the majority of the interview sobbing in his cathedral of misery.  Nope.  He was smart, funny, and seemed to be even chipper.   WTH?!? Why are you all happy now? 

This was actually my first phone interview so it was kind of fun to figure out who really is behind that incredible music.  So I started the interrogation and came up with some answers I didn’t expect.

A Few Fun Facts:

  • He LOVES hard rock bands like Slipknot and Tool (you’ll hear influences in the new album)
  • He HATES going to live shows (what?)
  • His dog, Shep, has made appearances on every single one of his albums
  • He talks in depth about how he broke into getting TV/movie placements
  • I love that he uses the word “record” instead of album – so old-fashioned!
  • Greg just made permanent residence in Brooklyn after living in San Diego for most of his life
  • I asked the question if he could rewind and do it all again, would he CHOOSE to have his heartbroken?  You’ll find his interesting answer in the interview 🙂

I’m convinced that my boyfriend, Chris, also has a serious man-crush on him as he told me to shut off the TV so he can hear the rough edit of my interview with Greg.  My gut tells me that’s because he looks like the spitting image of Charlie from one of our favorite gutter-comedy show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

His new album Take a Bow has the common thread of the rich orchestrations from his previous albums but evolves with songs that have an angrier and harder edge.  Greg reveals  during our interview that this album is the final chapter in his heartbreak trilogy.  His first release “Take Everything” is a tongue-in-cheek way of poking fun at someone being dishonest, according to his revealing interview with Nic Harcourt.  View the brilliant video of “Take Everything” originally premiered by FILTER Magazine and listen to the dramatic cut “Around the Bend:”

Greg Laswell “Take Everything” from Vanguard Records on Vimeo.

As always, the full interview is up on the Podcast section.  You can also download it from iTunes.  The short abridged version can be found right here:

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Well now that you’ve read the entire article, it would be totally inappropriate for you to not support him.  Buy Greg’s new album here, see him on his headlining tour with a full band (dates below: he’s one of my favorites live – truly), download his previous albums here, and connect with him via the following sites:

Twitter (his tweets are always pretty entertaining)
Facebook
MySpace
Official Website
Wikipedia Bio

Tour Dates:
May
4 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
6 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
7 Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
8 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
11 Denver, CO – Walnut Room
14 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
15 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
17 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
19 Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
20 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room at the HOB
21 Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
22 Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
24 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
25 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
27 Boston, MA – Paradise
29 Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
30 Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
 
June
1 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
2 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theater
4 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
5 Austin, TX – Stubb’s
8 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
10 San Francisco, CA – Cafe du Nord
11 San Diego, CA – Anthology

This post is being published on 4/26/2010 which coincidentally is Greg Laswell’s birthday. Have a happy one, buddy! Listeners, give him a great birthday present and share this article with your friends and support his career. 🙂 Comments are always welcome and encouraged below.

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Allison Hare wrote 138 articles on this blog.

A modern-day dame with a bionic ear for discovering emerging artists and a penchant for live shows. Admitted radio junkie

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6 Responses to “TV’s Biggest Unknown Star: An Interview With Greg Laswell”
  1. Jillian says:

    Greg Laswell is a treasure in the music world, and I am so glad to have the chance to hear him chat about his new album. I appreciate his raw emotion in his records and his chattiness in your interview. His Facebook statuses are always charming and engaging, so it is fun to know that he is so complex emotionally. I can’t wait to see him live at Vinyl on June 1 and grab the new record that same week!

  2. Chris says:

    Yes I have a man crush. Go Charlie!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Awesome interview, he sounds so sexy.. I want to know more about the sausage.. LOL

  4. Allison Rizk says:

    Haha! I wish I had pics of the sausage. Thanks for the comment, Jennifer!

  5. Kai says:

    i have some serious man-crush on him too !

    i’m not into music that much ( cuz i’m kinda hard to please when it comes to this field ) but i’ve been obsessed with Greg’s music since the first time i’ve heard his wonderful ” Off I Go ” !

    thanks alot for the awesome interview ..the guy is so cool !

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