Greg Garing (New York, NY)
With over 3 decades in the music industry, Greg Garing has inspired two generations of musicians with his unique blend of country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and honky-tonk. At 19, while in his hometown of Erie, PA, Greg heard the music of Bill Monroe. Greg immediately set a course for Nashville; a town he would soon take over.
In a short time, Greg went on to become an iconic figure within the Nashville scene with his residency at Nashville’s famed downtown nightclub, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, on lower Broadway. While at Tootsie’s, Greg assembled the best pickers around to revive and pay tribute to the traditional sensibilities of his idols. Greg would gain notoriety for his mastery of every stringed instrument, and for having a stage presence second to none. The Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash, called Greg “The best country singer I heard in 30 years”. After dominating the country and bluegrass scene in Nashville for years, he set back up North to re-create his “Opry-Style” format in New York City. 9C, in Manhattan’s East Village, would become the venue where the premier players in New York would come to listen and if lucky enough, to sit in with Greg’s “Alphabet City Opry”.
With six albums under his belt, and a seventh set to release in the Spring of 2011,Greg Garing has continued to build his legacy and once again take his place at the top of country and bluegrass with his current residency on Tuesdays at TenEleven Bar in the East Village. The show has grown rapidly in a very short time indicating clearly that Greg has not lost a step. Garing continues to be a veritable hurricane on stage with his natural ability to play and sing anything. He truly is a living legend and remains one of the most prolific entertainers of our time.