Summertime & Heartache
Hailing from Alberta, This band is a new project fronted by Greg Cockerill, a roots folk rocker who cut his teeth playing in country and jazz bands alongside the likes of Matt Masters and Tom Phillips and many others. The sound of the band is characterized by it\'s classic rock and roll sounds... hand made guitars, tube amps, leslie speakers, harmonicas and lap-slides... playing song-based music. The GC band just finished it\'s first record produced by David Baxter (Lori Yates, Bob Snider, Justin Rutledge), and now they plan to sh-sh-ship it! Greg Cockerill was born in Montreal, Canada in 1980. Second son of a military father, Greg soon discovered the great companion that music could be. Originally starting out on classical piano, a move to Calgary, Alberta in 1993 led to Greg's discovery of the guitar and of Rock, Roots and Jazz music. Upon finishing high school Greg decided to pursue his passion in the form of a jazz performance diploma at St. Francis-Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 2001 and then to complete a degree with double majors in Jazz Performance and composition arranging with distinction at Humber in Toronto in 2004. Finding the jazz scene too esoteric for his tastes however and wishing to reconnect with his heritage, Greg returned to Calgary and began learning all of the popular music he could to get work as a solo performer if the jazz gigs wouldn't work out. During this time he also rediscovered his deep passion for song based music through artists such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and a host of other folk- rock based performers mainstream and otherwise. At this time he also began performing with Matt Masters and the Gentleman of the Rodeo, an original roots country act that most notably played 100 shows in Alberta to celebrate it's' centennial, as well as performing in a jazz/blues quartet called Dr.Z and the Boys. Years of playing with these acts and with others as a side man as well as to playing hundreds of shows as a solo performer, Greg began wanting to explore more with his own compositions and to lead his own group representing his diverse influences and his passion for songwriting. The result was a collaboration with lap-slide player Sam Masterton; Hammond B-3 organ and piano player Geoff Hillhurst, and drummer Pat Phillips to start 'the Greg Cockerill Band'.