GREG FINGER BAND
My name is Greg Finger, and here is my story.
Let's start with music. Greg Finger Band is my band. We are an Americana band based out of Lexington, Kentucky combining tasteful music styles from folk, rock, country, and roots.
As one reviewer put it, "Greg Finger Band has made a grand start as a band who combines delightful elements of country, folk, and rock music into sounds that are just plain good to listen to, all the while maintaining an obvious sense of authenticity.” How did this all happen?
As a young kid growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, life for me was as normal as it could be for a brown haired, blue eyed, Irish kid. I was adopted at a young age by two loving parents that wanted a better life for me than my birth mother could provide. Struggling for years with addiction, she made the brave choice to choose adoption and a better life for me.
I was introduced to music at a young age. I can remember sweet memories of when my Dad used to sing James Taylors “Sweet Baby James” to me as I drifted off to sleep tucked under my blanket. Those are my first memories of how music touched me.
Playing instruments has always come naturally to me. My parents bought me my first upright piano when I was in first grade. The funny thing about it is how out of tune that piano is. I can’t even imagine how annoyed my parents must have been hearing me play that thing for hours a day as a first grader. I’m forever grateful now when I go back home and play that out of tune piano, because without my “out of tune” start, I wouldn’t have discovered music in such a life changing way.”
Let me let you in on a little secret. I haven't always been a lover of all types of music. The direction I ended up going wasn’t anywhere near where I started. Truth be told, I wasn’t a big folk/country music fan growing up…that was, until my future wife at the time introduced me to Zac Brown Band. It was the summer of my junior year in college when I listened to Zac Brown Bands album “Uncaged” for the first time. My heart and my mind instantly clicked. I spent months taking in the sounds and feels of that album. After listening through the album likely 30 times, I thought “This is what I want to do…I want to make music like this.” It was clear to me at that moment where my desires met my gifting. But how was I going to do it?
I started writing songs...lots of songs. I admit most of them were awful at first, but for six months I was a songwriting machine I wrote over 80 songs. After sharing a few songs with guitar player/background vocalist Duke McClellan and adding him on the tracks, I knew we had something going. It is a special thing when you genuinely enjoy hanging out with people you “work” with. I put work in quotes because music has never felt like work me, more like something that is instinctively a part of me. Duke is an insanely talented guitar player and background singer, but even more than that, Duke gets the vision. That is invaluable to me.” Coming together very organically, Greg Finger Band came together with Duke as my wingman.
Fast forward one year, our debut record has launched, we have spent thousands of miles on the road, and have been writing and playing the best music we ever have - I am excited. Can you tell?
We have only scratched the surface of what we are going to do, and I look forward to the journey.