Artist: Greg Hester

Album: Hustlers, Killers, and Thieves

Release Date: 2009-11-23

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about the album



Who’s that brother on Proctor Lane?

Take a drive with Greg Hester through HIS world – a place where booze comes in a paper bag and everyone has a nickname. A world of colorful characters who dance the circus dance of life each day while the rest of us make our way from the city out to our safe suburban homes.

As we ignore their gaze, they peer at us in our fancy little boxes and wonder who we are – hustlers, killers, or thieves. Because they know the score, and they’re not trading the joy and the rhythm for a shiny and safe life.

Truly great music instantly changes the context, transporting the listener to the artist’s world. Greg Hester manages to do just that with Hustlers, Killers, and Thieves. Just a few notes in, you’re in that city with all of its dirty glory. Greg Hester grew up around Old School Gangsters & Legendary Wrestlers in Augusta, Georgia, which made a huge impact on this soon to be Soul Man. His approach to soul is clearly influenced by the greatest, the magnificent Mr. James Brown, and yet is also clearly southern in style.

No, not Texas, New Orleans, or even Alabama southern. With a clear understanding of his heritage Greg manages to bring a new South to us, an urban South that is as real as the haze on a hot summer day. And oh, does the man work it, as if Mr. Brown himself taught him the ropes.

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.