Greg Farley was born in Highland, NY, a small town on the Hudson River. His dad was a teamster who drove tractor trailers and his mom worked at the A&P.
In 2006 he began touring out of his car playing house shows, small bars, and on the street, burning CDs, wrapping them in road maps, stamping GF on the front. From the east coast to California and back, he saw landscapes and cities that most of the people he grew up with never got the chance to see.
Upon returning he was lent a fiddle by a good friend, took up learning some old time, and joined The Felice Brothers. He played with them for the next ten years, working other jobs in his down time: He mucked stalls on a horse farm, waited tables at a vegetarian restaurant, worked as a carpenter, arborist, woodworker, and sawmill operator.
Through it all, his music was the only constant. Now, striking out on his own with his debut LP Taker Easy, recorded in Stanfordville, NY with producer/engineer Nick Kinsey, he mines his own history for stories of class struggle, nature, love, pain, work, and family, all set against the backdrop of the northeast.
End of the day, Farley has nothing to lose and something to say, and he’s saying it from the gut.
Risk It All, the first single off of Greg Farley's upcoming LP Taker Easy made its debut on the Mornings with Gattine Show on Radio Woodstock today (June 1)!
Interview with Jimmy Buff WKNY (June 19,2018)
Musician Greg Farley playing River Street Pub on Friday
By Jim Shahen Jr., Times Union (March 22, 2018)
Hey fans of hard-fought, authentic, and rabble-rousing roots music. Have a listen to Greg Farley's new project, it's dope. I first ran into Farley when I fell in love with the Felice Brothers a few years back. He was sawing a fiddle then. Now's he's got a batch of electric, eclectic, kinetic, frenetic songs you're going wanna crank up on repeat. -Ketch Secor
Greg Farley is a blue collar folk singer in the tradition of Guthrie and Dylan. His songs are rough cut, hand-hewn, and tumbled hard. They strike the ear like truth and glow like cottage windows way out in a dark field. Greg’s music is union made and 100% American in the best sense of the word. It speaks to country fans, knowledgeable listeners, waitresses, factory workers, or nurses, and even lawyers, driving home in need of some good musical nourishment. Farley is the kind of original who’s never going to be corrupted by slick producers or records deals--no gross packaging for this guy. He is the real deal, and it’s already happening for him. Sounds like he just might be Bruce Springsteen’s spiritual nephew. You go, Greg, and we’ll go with you. -Cafe Guide
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