Futuristic, retro and retro-futuristic all in one; Grey Ghost is rock music you can dance to, mixed with dance music that rocks. Creativity let off the leash. Grey Ghost’s social conscience and turn-of-phrase bring depth and reality to a musical realm that can often be fantastical and bordering on the strange. His ability to communicate, however using this unbeaten path, is always crystal clear. There is an essential sense of adventure to Grey Ghost, but it connects. Having already collaborated with producers Jan Skubiszewski and Matik plus an impeccable production team that includes the likes of Forrester Savell and Scott Horscroft; the first-generation of Grey Ghost’s songs are enriched by the chemistry of like minds.
The artistic vision of one man, shared and realised by the most esteemed of his peers. Hook-driven and hypnotic, the spine-tingling chorus of Grey Ghost’s debut single, Space Ambassador, paints an incredibly telling picture of its creator. This is a man, looking out at the stars, waiting for the time to make his mark. A man waiting no longer. 1. Pianist Roosevelt T.
Williams, better known as "Grey Ghost," entertained Central Texas audiences from the 1920s through the 1990s with his jazz-tinged barrelhouse blues. Once called the "Thelonious Monk of Blues," Williams was born Dec. 7, 1903, in Bastrop. Armed with basic musical training as a teen, he used his good ear to absorb African-American, Anglo, Mexican, and Eastern European styles pouring out of area dances and roadhouses.
Williams often traveled to and from gigs by slipping onto empty boxcars, which earned him the Grey Ghost appellation. In 1940, folklorist William Owens made a field recording of Grey Ghost singing "Hitler Blues" after hearing him perform at a Navasota skating rink. The song was mentioned in Time magazine and ultimately broadcast over BBC radio in an Alistair Cooke story about the American musical response to World War II. Although the notoriety of "Hitler Blues" did not make Grey Ghost a star, he became a familiar figure in East Austin clubs like the Victory Grill and Fat Green's during their postwar heyday.
In 1965, local music historian Tary Owens recorded several Grey Ghost songs, which led to festival appearances alongside Mance Lipscomb and Janis Joplin. After years of relative obscurity, Owens tracked down Grey Ghost again in the mid-Eighties, introducing him to a new generation of blues fans via regular gigs at Antone's and the Continental Club. The city proclaimed Dec. 7, 1987, as Grey Ghost Day, and he was voted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame the following year.
Grey Ghost's one eponymous solo album was released in 1992 on Owens' Spindletop label. He also appeared on Catfish's Texas Piano Professors compilation alongside Erbie Bowser and Lavada "Dr. Hepcat" Durst. Grey Ghost passed away on July 17, 1996, at age 92. 2.
Grey Ghost is Brian Griffith. A proficient bass player and multi-instrumentalist, he relocated to Chicago and picked up a new moniker. "His melodies and beats are beautiful and peaceful," said Jason, of Orange Alert. Look for his releases with collaborator, Natalie Chami, as l'éternèbre.
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