SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2014
Born and raised in Manchester but now based in the USA, Clive Gregson is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer of world-renown who first attracted attention, when his now legendary band Any Trouble burst onto the music scene. He also formed the groundbreaking duo with Christine Collister and over the years has toured with Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Nanci Griffith and Dennis Locorriere. But Clive’s live solo shows are something special and definitely not to be missed. He’s one of the most respected songwriters of his time, releasing a steady stream of stunning albums throughout his career, with many of his songs recorded by a host of contemporaries.
In 2009 Clive released The Best of Clive Gregson CD; an 18-song collection, selected from eight solo albums, spanning 1985 to 2005: featuring live favourites, songs that have been recorded by others, folk club standards and pop classics. Not an easy task choosing “the best” from so many great songs, but hopefully everyone’s favourite was included - “…essential Gregson …an album that serves to remind us what a fine songwriter, musician and producer he is.” R2. In 2011 he released Bittersweet his first studio album since 2004’s Long Story Short. And, hot on its heels, 2013 saw yet another. This is Now released ahead of his May 2013 tour, features more new genre-spanning songs and shows Clive is still one of our finest writers and performers.
Clive started his professional music career in 1980 as the leader of cult band Any Trouble. The group toured extensively in support of five critically acclaimed albums and a number of singles that became radio hits before disbanding at the end of 1984. Fondly remembered and greatly missed, the band reformed in 2007 to record a brand new album Life in Reverse (on their original label Stiff Records with the original producer John Wood) and played their first live show in 23 years. A packed house at the Jazz Cafe in London sang along with a mixture of old and new favourites...and apparently quite a few tears were shed!
In 1985, Clive released his first solo album Strange Persuasions and has maintained a solo profile ever since. His solo recordings and tours have been one of the main outlets for his prolific song-writing and his "Best Of..." compilation is a fitting celebration. Clive's solo albums feature an eclectic mix of pop and folk styles, ranging from the full on electric band approach of I Love This Town to the stripped down one-man-and-his-acoustic-guitar intimacy of Long Story Short. Clive's live shows are usually solo performances and the guitar skills that prompted Guitar to include him in their "1,000 Great Guitarists" are always well in evidence.
Along the road from pop front-man to singer-songwriter, Clive has followed many musical diversions. Between 1985 and 1992, he formed the partnership with Christine Collister that Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock". They released five albums and toured the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Christine's distinctive voice allied to Clive's songs, instrumental and production skills created something truly special and their decision to call it a day left a huge gap in the roots music scene. The entire Gregson & Collister catalogue plus a "Best Of..." compilation was re-issued in 2009.
Clive has also toured and recorded with Richard Thompson (1982 to 1992), Nanci Griffith (1996 to 2007), Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine (1993 and 1999), Plainsong (1997) and he was the musical director for the Dennis Locorriere "Hits & History" tour in 2007, which resulted in a gold album and a concert DVD that also charted. His songs have been recorded by many artists; Nanci Griffith’s version of I Love This Town (performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffett) was released as a single in 2006 and became a radio hit in both America and the UK, receiving more than 5,000 spins in the USA alone.
Clive relocated to the USA in 1993. He continues to tour regularly and to write prolifically and remains in demand as a producer and session musician. In recent years he has also run a number of song-writing workshops/master-classes and has also formed 3Boxes a guitar trio with Andy Roberts and Mark Griffiths. Obviously there's no sign of Clive slowing down just yet! He’s on as fine form as ever and celebrating his new solo release This is Now in 2013.
What others have to say about Clive Gregson…
In an interview with the BBC, Mary Chapin Carpenter named Clive Gregson as one of her favourite songwriters. Melody Maker described his 1980s band Any Trouble, as the most exciting new rock 'n' roll group since The Pretenders and according to Guitar Player, he is one of the 1000 great guitarists. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention, Claire Martin, Norma Waterson, Smokie and Nanci Griffith.
What you are always guaranteed with Clive is hook-laden melodies… Bittersweet is another ‘does not disappoint’ collection. Maverick
Adult pop from one of the most emotionally literate songwriters around. The Guardian
One of Britain’s most cultured singer-songwriters. The Times
Gregson is a powerful and vital force in contemporary music. fROOTS
Marvellous voice…brilliant guitar playing. Dirty Linen
As fine a singer-songwriter as anyone has a right to expect…he does the lot. The Independent