From Country Band to Gregorian Rock

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Once upon a time in North Carolina, a friend of a friend invited me to play keyboards in his country band. I had no experience (classically trained) nor love of country music, but I agreed. They paid me to have fun.

I didn’t even know that was possible. Every paying gig I’d had up to that point was low wage, low skill, manual labor.

It was then I knew music was my future.

While searching for a new sound, this idea came to me: combine ancient with modern to create a serene, yet pummeling sound. I take Gregorian chant-style vocals and support it with rock instrumentation, and presto, Gregorian Rock!

I play keyboards, electronic wind instrument, Chapman Stick, and sing. You will hear the influence of my classical background, with hints of Neal Morse, Skillet, Iona, Frost, and 70s prog.

My most recent album features Grammy-nominated guitarist, Phil Keaggy on three of the 12 tracks. It was a joy to work with one of my musical heroes, and Phil genuinely had fun playing on those songs.

4 Comments

  • Dennis Hudak says:

    Stunning combination! It works so well. The chants are well on par. The arrangements are top notch progressive with a delicate and heavy balance. The musician ship is stellar. I am hooked!

  • Darryl Henry says:

    Love the sound & can here the influences

  • Casey says:

    Phil is great. I just downloaded the tracks, but I saw Phil live and it was amazing. I think the Gregorian chant idea is great. Can I steal it?

    • Dale says:

      I’ve seen Phil many times, and he is amazing always.
      Glad you like my odd idea of combining ancient and modern.
      By definition, you don’t need permission to steal 🙂 but yes, feel free to use this idea in your own music.
      Send me a link when you have something ready, I’d love to hear what you do!
      Dale

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