California artist Greg Beattie has won many songwriting and performing awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Competition, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, West Coast International Song Contest Grand Prize, and the West Coast Songwriters Song of the Year. He also has songs placed in movies and TV (Anywhere But Here, Fame, Angel), and on numerous compilations. A dedicated writer and performer, Greg's styles span the universe of popular music -- Pop, Blues, Rock, Folk, Country, and whatever gives the lyrics life. He also sings and plays guitar in the band Calaveras.
Greg Beattie has been writing songs since age 12, when he got his first guitar, a $25 Sears Silvertone. During his college years, he played in coffee houses in Stockton, California. In 1993, he formed the band Calaveras with his wife, Victoria Blythe, and their friend and guitarist, Dave Decker. Greg's song Ready to Fly has been covered by several other performers, featured in several compilations, and played at the opening ceremonies of the world figure skating championships. The band plays mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has toured much of the west and some of the east. They've been chosen to perform at three consecutive premier showcases at Folk Alliance Conferences in the West and Southwest. He also writes for his wife Victoria's pop/jazz act.
Between gigs, Greg graduated from Harvard Law School and is now a corporate attorney helping private technology and consumer goods companies. He is also former chairman of the Acoustic Vortex, a nonprofit that promotes acoustic music, and is currently a director of Bread & Roses, which sponsors over 600 concerts per year to people confined to prisons, homeless shelters, hospitals, etc.
Smoking acoustic blues ensemble behind sexy female vocalist who can't resist a guy's eyes. Driving upbeat rhythm with great guitar work and classic jazzy bluesy piano solo. Perfect for any scene needing sexual energy, when eyes first meet, on a hot date, or in a bar or lounge. Female Vocals, Blues, Honky Tonk
She knows he's drifting away, but he says it's just the blues. Sad, forlorn and lonesome slide guitar accompanies heartbroken female vocal, telling an old story with a twist. Basic 12-bar, hard-livin' nothin' fancy acoustic blues--guitar, bass, drums and a few contributions by a mournful hound dog. Female Vocals, Blues, Country Blues
He's singing the blues, cause he's desperate for her love. Cool acoustic blues groove (blues harp, stand-up bass, bongos and acoustic guitars) under a clever, James Taylor style quirky 12-bar love poem/lament. For any scene with a forlorn, lovesick male, or a club or bar needing a live performance. Male Vocals, Blues, Country Blues
The modern blues--running in place just to keep pace. Old fashioned, honky-tonk swamp-rock fast blues with acoustic guitar, newgrass fiddle, dobro and pedal steel over stand-up bass and drums. Great for scenes needing high energy (chase scenes, fast cars, man in a hurry) with a rat-race vibe. Male Vocals, Blues, Country Blues
Upbeat, live, novelty song about Barbie (as sung by Ken). Good for quirky TV/Movie scene. Appropriate for scenes where airhead characters evoke comparison to a Barbie and Ken doll or a scene with offbeat live music. Vaguely 50's bebop bongo blues. Male Vocals, Blues, Honky Tonk
A dog with a lot of miles of living under his paws confesses his worst habits and traits in a hilarious novelty song. Blues guitar, harmonica and lap steel accompany the forlorn but lovable mongrel admitting his almost human failures. Great for any situation for, about or by dogs. Male Vocals, Blues, Country Blues
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