Easily the most soulful record in recent memory, Haymaker is the latest by the remarkably prolific Greg Humphreys. – Fred Mills, Blurt
Greg Humphreys Electric Trio returns with Haymaker, a crisp and heartfelt collection of original funk and soul music. Singer, guitarist and songwriter Greg Humphreys co-wrote and co-produced the trio’s sophomore LP with his bandmates, bassist/composer Matt Brandau and drummer/producer Keith Robinson.
“This is our knockout punch. It’s the best-sounding recording our trio has made thus far, showcasing our skills as writers, on our instruments and behind the board. We pushed each other and made an album that none of us could have made alone. Many of these tunes started with the rhythm section; undeniable funk n' soul grooves predominate. My lyrics on this group of songs are of a reflective nature, visiting life, death, love, injustice, and suffering. They share hard-won truths and they ask why,” says Humphreys.
Following a fall 2018 East Coast album release tour and over 40,000 album track plays at Spotify, GHET continues to support Haymaker in 2019 with tour dates and appearances at Rochester International Jazz Festival and Lockn’.
Humphreys, Brandau and Robinson began performing as Greg Humphreys Electric Trio in 2014, soon after Humphreys’ move to NYC from his native North Carolina. Humphreys cut his teeth as frontman and songwriter for bands Dillon Fence and Hobex, releasing LPs for Atlantic and London Records and playing thousands of shows throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in the ‘90s and ‘00s.
Legendary Stax songwriter and singer William Bell recently recorded a song co-written with Humphreys for the Produced By Matt Ross-Spang series released by Amazon Prime in 2018, which also features Al Green, Margo Price and John Prine.
Greg Humphreys returns with Haymaker, his Electric Trio’s new album of funk- and soul-infused Americana jams. — Spencer Griffith, Indyweek
All of Humphreys’ musical projects have shared some common elements: His distinctive soulful rasp, channeling Sam Cooke by way of Rod Stewart; his tight, imaginative guitar work; and his gift for writing melodic, catchy, deceptively simple tunes. — Eddie Huffman, Winston-Salem Journal
…The material comes across with an easy sway, effortless and alluring… One gets the sense that Humphreys is building his reputation cautiously but deliberately… his good fortune is all but inevitable. — Lee Zimmerman, No Depression