Colin McEnroe: Grayson Hugh Makes The 'American Record'
Legendary singer Grayson Hugh talkes about his latest album.
Like baby ducks, we imprint on certain kinds of music at exactly the right, impressionable moment.
Mine may have been around 1970 in the midst of a musical mini-movement epitomized by the work of Steve Winwood - first in the Spencer Davis Group and then in Traffic and by Blood Sweat and Tears, especially their second release, in which the music of Erik Satie lay side by side with Traffic's "Smiling Phases" and Laura Nyro's "And When I Die," and Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child."
This music was not merely blue-eyed soul. It was black; it was white, it was rock, it was jazz, it was blues.
It was right around that time that I wandered into a concert featuring a couple of couple of Hartford-based bands. One of them was called Portrait Blue, and when its singer, a guy about my age, opened his mouth, I just about fell over backwards. His name was Grayson Hugh, and this show has a lot of his new music, plus my yearly flu shot.