Gregory Boyd ( DK )

Who is Gregory Boyd? Well quite simply he Rocks The SteelPans. Blending the sound of SteelPan with a Blues/Soul vocal to make very something special. Coming from Northern and Southern USA Traditions he's related to Blues Legend Muddy Waters.

Enhancing his licks in the US Navy becoming a member of The US Navy Steel Drum Band he was stationed in New Orleans at age 19 learning Steel Pans and by chance meeting the Neville Brothers performing with members of this acclaimed New Orleans first family of funk.

In Gregory's own words "I owe part of my sound to living in the Midwest for a time as a child. In my neighbourhood as a child growing up in the Midwest it was almost unheard of to listen to anything but Rock Music. I listened to Hendrix, to me he was not rock but an innovator of music itself and I love the sound of innovation, rock music was all that was on the radio and I truly fell in love with the sound of raw guitars and screaming riffs My first thought after learning Steel pans was that one day I'll put that into Rock music and New Orleans funk in fact Electrify my Pans.
My first professional session was in New Orleans with the Basin Brothers Cajun band which started a long affair with a broad plethora of music styles from Indian to Classical music, Funk and Jazz, Rock and Blues.

"I love this guy! Okay, where do I begin? He's playing steel drum and singing-how many times do you see that? It is very innovative. His improvisation is really great! I love what he is doing! Singing with his instrument-I've never seen anyone do that. It's a whole new twist!" - Cassandra Wilson, Grammy Award Winning Vocalist & Composer 

"Gregory's playing during his time in New Orleans in the '90s really opened up my ears to what is possible on the steel pans." - Nicholas Payton, Grammy Award Winning Musician 

"soulful", "uplifting" and "melodically clever." - Music Connection Los Angeles

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Gregory Boyd