A rocking night of classic blues, roots and soul music is on the cards when US singer Greg Copeland plays at the Leigh Sawmill Café on Friday, October 4.
Accompanied by Steve ‘Guitar’ Gilles on acoustic and resonator steel guitar, Greg is promising to go back to the very roots of blues from the Deep South, combined with “warm embraces with Sister Soul and a tip of the hat to Brother Funk”.
Heavily influenced by artists such as James Brown, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf, Greg has performed all over the world and produced several CDs, including his latest, Brown-Eyed Handsome Man.
“When I sing I want you to feel my hurt, my pain, my happiness and my sadness,” he says. “I want to ask for forgiveness if I did something wrong and forgive people if they have done me wrong. All these things I try to do with my music.”
Greg was born into a musical home in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he was raised by his mother, a gospel singer.
“I can still remember as a small child how my mother used to sing me a song before I went to sleep at night,” he says. “Her perseverance and the love that she showed me and my brother while raising us alone still influences me deeply and has had a great impact on my singing and songwriting.”
Greg and ‘Guitar’ Gilles will be on the Sawmill stage at 9pm. Tickets available from eventfinda.co.nz, or on the door, if not sold out prior.