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By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


If you are unfamiliar with the name Greg Holden, let me fill you in.  Holden wrote Phillip Phillips’ hit debut single “Home,” which sold over 5 million copies in the US alone.  His song "The Lost Boy" was featured in an episode of the TV show Sons of Anarchy in 2012, where it was used as the musical backdrop to the funeral procession of Opie Winston.  Holden will be in Boston, MA supporting Butch Walker at Royale on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. Now that I have your attention, learn more about him from our brief chat below and go out and catch the live show!



BRR: Hi Greg. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for me.

My pleasure.

BRR: You are a British boy. How did you end up in the U.S., and now currently in LA in particular?

I was pretty heavily influenced by American bands and artists growing up, particularly those from New York City (Dylan, Springsteen, Ryan Adams). So, when I started really thinking about giving up my day job in England and trying to make music a full-time gig, New York was always the ultimate goal for me. Los Angeles was never really part of my plan, it just sort of happened, and it’s serving a purpose right now. But deep down I feel like I’ll end up back in New York one of these days.

BRR: After a 3-year hiatus, you returned with your new single, “On The Run,” (produced by Butch Walker) which is basically “an apology.” Can you elaborate on the writing and meaning of the song?

Honestly, when I wrote this song last year, I had no idea what it was about. I wasn’t trying to say anything and was just letting the words write themselves. It was only after I’d recorded the song with Butch and was being asked in interviews what I wrote it about, that a story began to form. Being forced to explain it also forced me to figure out why I wrote it, and yes, in the end I realized I was apologizing. To who? I don’t know.

BRR: You also recently released, “The Power Shift,” which was a political call to action. Can you explain the message you are trying to spread and why it’s so relevant right now?

I’m not really trying to spread any sort of message. I just wanted to write something that embodied how I was feeling at the time, and that was an overwhelming frustration with the constant onslaught of lies and bullshit surrounding at the moment. There was no end goal with this song, just me venting, for a change...

BRR: You are currently on a tour that started in London, is now blasting through the US, and after some time off in October (to get married) you end up in Brazil in December. You will be in Boston supporting Butch Walker at Royale September 22nd. Sadly, I personally cannot attend, but we have one of our photojournalists attending to take pictures and write a review. What can you say about this show to entice people to come, who may not be familiar with you?

It’s very raw. Just me and my guitar, and a lot of vulnerability and honesty. I wanted to strip it back this year, to try and remind myself why I embarked on this insane journey all those years ago.

BRR: I love shows like that.  What do we have to look forward to next from you?

A new record by the end of the year, another single in October, and even more new music next year. I’m going to take the first couple of months of 2019 off to write some new material, then I’ll be back on the road in spring.

BRR: Any closing comments?

Thanks for the support.









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