Playing from the heart of his Midwestern roots, Jer Gregg delivers a vibe heavily influenced by singer/songwriters, a la Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Jeff Buckley. He also takes his cues from his home state of Indiana, where John Mellencamp is legend. Add in the drive of the Black Crowes, a little country influenced songwriting and you’ve got his brand of rocking, hand crafted, Americana music.
He released his first self-titled EP in January of 2010. It’s a record that has served him well as a spring board for his career. His latest release, OTIS (named after his grandfather), produced by Thom Dougherty (The Elms, The Band Perry) along with himself, has been doing well on the singer/songwriter charts. It’s an all acoustic album written mostly about his family, love, life and death. At times OTIS can make you weep with a joyous tear on ballads like “Little Bird” and “The Queen Mary” but then twist back to Americana pop songs with “Parachute” and “It’s Called Love.” Keeping the album as stripped down as possible allows Jer to show off his wonderful ability of crafting infectious sing-a-long tunes while telling beautiful and heartfelt stories.
Like Petty and Dylan who came before him and Ryan Bingham and Ray LaMontagne who are doing it now, he is telling his tales through his music and becoming an international artist – having performed in the UK, Scotland and Australia while adding more countries to his calendar this spring. Throughout his travels e’s played legendary venues like The Vogue Theater in Indianapolis, the Exit/In and The Basement in Nashville, the Troubadour in London, the Winton Outback Festival in Winton, Australia and many others – sharing his stories/music around the globe.