(Not so) Hard Travelin’: Tyler Gregory lives the Woody Guthrie life, sans the poverty and strife

Tyler Gregory

Tyler Gregory

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Podcast episode

The Dog and Pony Show

(Not) Hard Travelin’: An Interview with Tyler Gregory

With his six-inch beard and lanky stature, Tyler Gregory can regularly be found busking on Mass. St. with his deep voice and steam-powered melodies bouncing off the street-side architecture. His sturdy songcraft takes cues from WWII-era blues bellowers like Leadbelly and Son House as well as modern folk artists like ...

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With his six-inch beard and lanky stature, Tyler Gregory has the appearance of a bohemian hobo who’s learned life’s lessons the hard way. He definitely didn’t take the easy route when he decided to focus on playing music and traveling, but the 21-year-old’s experiences have been more rewarding than harrowing.

Now based in Lawrence and playing regularly at local venues, Gregory can regularly be found busking on Mass. St. with his deep voice and steam-powered melodies bouncing off the street-side architecture. His sturdy songcraft takes cues from WWII-era blues bellowers like Leadbelly and Son House as well as modern folk artists like William Elliott Whitmore and the Avett Brothers. With his brother Todd on drums and percussion, Tyler Gregory & the Blue Shuffle have fast become a fixture anywhere cheap beer is served. He's opening for Charlie Parr this weekend.

Gregory brought in a collection of new recordings to share for this podcast, which also addresses the proposed ban on Mass. St. panhandling and Gregory’s experiences as a bearded vagabond.