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In Memory of ...
... Ralph Bravetail
... Songwriter, Producer, Performer
Around Greg Trafidlo, you're in touch with the joy and fun of life. Greg's love for music and compassion have endeared him to a wide range of listeners. From Wrigley Field to the U.S. Capitol, from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to Cork, Ireland, Tecaté, Mexico and Beijing, China, his rich tenor voice has added magic to a distinctive blend of folk, country, pop and bluegrass.
Solo or with musical partners Laura Pole & Neal Phillips in the contemporary folk trio Trifolkal, Greg delivers a tight, crisp show - in coffeehouses or stadiums, festivals or colleges, living rooms or clubs. Fans and DJs across the country love Greg's work.
Greg has performed with Tom Paxton, one of his musical mentors and 2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He has shared the stage with the top names in the business - Bill Monroe, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Peter Yarrow, John Prine, Mark O'Connor, John McCutcheon, Robin and Linda Williams, Steve Gillette, John Hartford, The Kingston Trio, The Brothers Four, Cheryl Wheeler, and many others. He had the honor of opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot. His songs have been performed by Pete Seeger, Robbie Fulks, Bob Zentz, the Lynchburg, Virgina Symphony, and others. Greg has performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on the legendary radio station, WSM.
Greg has appeared on over 50 releases, and produced over three dozen recordings. His albums, on Kira Records, include his solo releases, Crawlspace Tapes, Carved in Song, Folk Singular, Old Dog New Tracks, and Co-Writers In Disguise, plus ten albums with the trio, Trifolkal.
From silly to sublime, he draws you in with warmth, wit, and humor. National Public Radio aired Greg's song, I Got Stuck Behind Buford, on the nationally syndicated show, Car Talk. His Starbucks of County Down, co-written with Neal Phillips, appears on a Dr. Demento compilation and won first place in the "Novelty/Comedy" category of the 2009 USA Songwriting Competition. You laugh at his tongue-in-cheek treatise on the self-help craze. You cry over his emotional tale of his dad and baseball legend Stan Musial. You're moved by beautiful images of Appalachian waterfalls and valleys. His song You Needed You appears in the movie, Tumbling After and Waiting For The Light To Change in the movie Box Kicker.
Beside the USA Songwriters Competition, Greg has won numerous songwriting competitions, including Grand Prize at the Louisville Area Songwriters Cooperative and two WAMMIE nominations from the Washington Area Music Association. He had been an instructor at The Swannanoa Gathering held on the campus of Warren Wilson College near Asheville. Top music publishers represent his songs in Nashville. Roanoke Virginia's arts and entertainment publication, City Magazine, honored Greg by naming him "Music Person of the Decade."
A vital member of the national folk music community, Greg is Past-President of the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association, a member of the Songwriters Guild of America, Nashville Songwriters Association International, and a charter member of the Folk Alliance.
Check out the historic record in the Photo section of the website for a glimpse into all epochs of Greg's musical journey from the present day to the deepest recesses of time. Click on the thumbnails for a wider view.