These songs were written in the 200 year old Saint Kilda cemetery, Melbourne Australia. Upon returning home he teamed up with long time friend Jeff Berkley (Kerrville New Folk Songwriter winner) to record this unique collection of songs. It was carefully mastered by Gavin Lurssen (“Oh Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack). Like the music of Hank Williams Sr., Mississippi John Hurt, Etta James, Townes Van Zandt, Harold Arlen & Cole Porter, Page is not inspired by American music he is American Music.
If you believed the era of meaningful and musically brilliant tunes had been relegated to antiquity, discover Gregory David Page in his latest album Bird in a Cage. Gregory Page records a dark and
provoking composition to inspire musicians and online lovers. His vintage vocals and dusty blues rhymes are illuminated by the ensemble of strings, both classic and folk. Your first impression of his music will not last.
Gregory Page's recordings are numerous and varied, but well-timed with the new breed of intimate and meloncholy Indie, birthed by post 9/11 artists such as Elvis Perkins and Iron and Wine. Page's musical influences stem from his childhood in England at the conception of modern popular music - on the very lap of Paul McCartney. A self-proclaimed recluse, his talent has brewed in the US, but Australia is now his recording home. His eclectic musical entourage on the album includes organ, banjo, dobro, mandolin, erhu chinese violin, accordian, violin, viola, cello, piano, upright and bowed bass, pedal steel and guitars, and drums.
Page's lyrics in Bird in a Cage are satirical, stimulating social conscience and spirituality. The seering strings blend with haunting background vocals; whereas on other tracks, he dares to push the country button. The album's opener Diamonds and Rocks is ironically like the closing song at a small town dance. Dusty Road delivers a quiet country-love song, reminiscant of The Waifs' touring songs.
Bird In A Cage features
Jim Soldi on electric guitar (Johnny Cash)
Dennis Caplinger on banjo & dobro (Eric Clapton)
Rich Weiss on Pedal Steel & Co-Producer (Jim Laud erdale)
AJ Croce on piano
Ray Suen on Ehru, Mandolin & Viola (The Killers)
Erik Kertes on Upright Bass (Michael Bublé)
Erin Breene Principal Cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra,
Robert Schumitzty on Violin (Hollywood Bowl Orchestra)
Cindy Wasserman singing harmony (John Doe)
Gabe Feenberg on Accordion (Old Man Hands)
Brain Cantrell on Drums & Cymbles (Tim Blum)
BIRD IN A CAGE is also available on 12" Vinyl.
Maverick Magazine UK ~ “A quite exclusive voice that oozes sweetness and romanticism”
Judy Collins says, “Gregory is a great American songwriter whose work I love”
NPR Radio ~ “Page’s music is nostalgic; his warbling & instrumentation sound straight out of the phonograph. Listening to him transplants us to some Great Gatsby-like setting where everyone dresses for cocktail hour.
Penthouse Magazine ~ “A brilliant collection of optimistic melancholy beautiful and aching. The sound of remorse tempered by dark humor”
Performing Songwriter Magazine ~ Imagine Neil Young composing music for 1930s-era Italian films and you’ll get an idea of Gregory Page. His wavering tenor brings life to lyrics about mysterious hauntings, broken hearts and city parks in the springtime. There’s a sparkling, music-box quality to many of the tunes and a comfy ambience to his music that, day or night, will certainly set the mind to dreaming.
Unlock Austin Magazine ~ Gregory Page has the rare talent to write songs that are melancholy, nostalgic and contemporary. He is a modern vaudevillian. While it seems the rest of the music world is dedicated to a mantra of bigger, faster, louder, this music rises above. Gregory has recorded a timeless album.
Santa Barbara Independent ~ To spend an evening in his company is like sitting in a living room with your best friend. His engaging songs and endearing banter are free from pretense and latent with cause. He makes being a singer-songwriter looks easy. Which begs the question: “What’s it really like to be a troubadour?” “I like to think of it as being independently wealthy,” says Page. “You’re completely independent of wealth.”
Rolling Stone Magazine ~ “Gregory Page, never heard of him”