Co-Writers in Disguise
Greg Trafidlo is a singer/songwriter who also has major credits as a music publisher and producer. He has performed on over forty albums and has produced over a dozen releases. Including eight with his trio, Pole, Trafidlo and Phillips. Greg is president of Kira Records and runs KiraPole Publishing, BMI. As a songwriter, his songs are published with major publishers in Nashville. Greg is a member of BMI, as a writer and publisher, a charter member of the Folk Alliance and is past-President of the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association. He is also a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the Songwriters Guild of America. He has shared the stage with Kathy Mattea, John Prine, and Bill Monroe and has opened for EmmyLou Harris, John Hartford, John Hammond, Mark O'Conner, John McCutcheon and many others. Greg has won numerous songwriting contests including the Grand prize of the prestigious Louisville Songwriters Cooperative Competition for his song, Foxfire. He has been nominated for two WAMMIES, from the Washington Area Music Association, including Best Male Folk Performer and Best Folk Album. Greg's song Summer '64/Oh Freedom, co-written with Neal Phillips, appears on the Folk Era Records CD, 'Freedom Is A Constant Struggle', which includes songs by Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins. Their collaboration, Whatcha Gonna Leave?, is being performed by legendary folk icon, Pete Seeger. Greg and Laura's song, The Compost Song, appears on a compilation CD with Dwight Yoakam, George Jones, George Strait, Terri Clark, Marty Stuart, and other top name country artists. For over five years Greg was the director of the coffeehouse at the Sedalia Center in Big Island, Virginia; hosting many top acts in contemporary and traditional folk music. Trafidlo plays guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, Autoharp, percussion, blues harmonica and is the former mandolin player with the nationally touring bluegrass band, The Bass Mountain Boys. He has also performed in musical stage plays, including the road show of 'Stonewall Country' with Robin and Linda Williams.