Grayson Hugh & Polly Messer
Grayson Hugh’s RCA debut album “Blind To Reason”, released in 1988 to international acclaim. Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world ever since with his masterful piano playing, his poetic lyrics and his soulful singing. His songs have been called “a soul/rock stew with a dash of blues and a pinch of country” (Stone Phillips, The Today Show) and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called “a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix.” – Benny Metten, Ctrl. Alt. Country, August, 2010.
In 2006, after a six year stint teaching songwriting at Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Hugh was living on Cape Cod and just beginning to work on what would become his long-awaited comeback release “An American Record”. In the process of putting together a band to record it, Hugh re-connected with his old friend singer Polly Messer. Polly had sung backup vocals with Grayson in the early 80’s, after leaving the well-known swing band Eight To The Bar. One harmony led to another, and Grayson and Polly ended up not only co-producing the album but getting married in 2008. Since then they have been performing Hugh’s music together, both in the U.S. and in Europe.
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