about the album
Recorded over the last decade at Eric McConnell's (Loretta Lynn) East Nashville studio, 'American Story' tells of the highs and the lows. The songs, well the speak of life and love of course. It is no surprise that Greg was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, as he lays open his own heart when he writes. Laced with sadness and sometimes drunken desperation, the record struggles with and ultimately finds a positive space. Added to seven tracks from Greg are three covers selected for their depth and personal connection to the artist. Jimmy Hall's (Wet Willie) classic 'Keep On Smilin' appears as the anthem of determination from one of Greg's heroes. 'I'll Find My Way Home' from Chris Unck (Butch Walker) is a longing power ballad. 'Here By The Grace Of God Go I' by Mike Brown ends the record, as Greg closes out his American Story with a reflective and peaceful statement of simplicity.
about the artist
Few artists truly exemplify the place they are coming from in this world. Greg tells the story of a place he knows all to well, when he talks about struggling he knows it firsthand. Meet a man who has given it his all to achieve being a musician. Meet a man who makes an ugly situation beautiful by telling the story of a time and place, a photograph of the current world. One can even look beyond Greg's soulful voice and find a songwriter that stands far beyond the normal crowd. He belongs to the elite class of songwriters, people who can witness their world, capture a story, and make one feel that the power of music can bring hope. Take one part soul man, take one part Augusta, Georgia native, add in the blessing and backing band from one of the most legendary entertainers that has ever walked this Earth, Mr. James Brown. And what do you get? Mr. Greg Hester and the LG's. A southern boy raised on soul and the goodness it can bring into the world. Greg captures the stories and tales from his gritty southern world and brings them to life with a catchy groove, "ya' feeling sweet cause you on the beat"- as Mr. Danny Ray supports Greg.