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Strollin' Greg Fleming's jazzy new single

Greg Fleming's third single from the upcoming album Get Off at Lincoln is a short, sharp, jazzy tune about strollin' home through the city on a beautiful late summer day.

"Some days chicken salad/ Some days chicken shit/ some days you fall in love/ aint no stoppin' it"
Fleming says the song was almost left off the album but bass player Mark Hughes kept going on about it and then turned up at the studio one morning with his acoustic bass.
"I'm so glad he did, it's one of my faves on the record - and also has a line I've always wanted to work into a song - "I'm so tired of living on my phone" - cos aren't we all!"
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Headlights first track from Working Poor Country released

Headlights is the first single from Greg Fleming and The Working Poor's fourth album Working Poor Country.
Its high-energy, propulsive beat mirrors the fraught city walk of the lyrics.

"It's about walking downtown, listening to Lee Morgan's Sidewinder on my headphones and nearly getting run over crossing Fanshawe St," says Greg.

Headlights was recorded live - in one take - at Mt Eden's Lab studios. New York-based filmmaker Andrew B. White was also on hand for the video shot in Auckland and New York.

Working Poor Country, out digitally in October, is a 12 track album which gets back to Fleming's alt-country roots.



Don't make a ROCK record 

Greg and band are well into recording their fourth record. Recording began in June 2017 at The Lab in Auckland.

Produced by Greg and Working Poor members Wayne Bell and Andrew Thorne it's a record that displays the band's increased sense of confidence and versatility.

"Going in all we knew is we didn't want to make a ROCK record - we haven't - but it rocks anyway," says Greg.

"But there's a wider range of textures on display this time out - acoustic, country influences and dirty urban blues... it's the kind of record I want to listen to - and one I hope will draw a whole lot of new fans."

The 12 track album is due for release in September 2017.

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To Hell With these Streets

First track off Greg Fleming and The Working Poor's new album To Hell With These Streets released

"I love albums but today it's all about tracks. So the challenge for this record was to make each track strong enough to stand on its own, " says Greg.
Life Is Short is a collaboration with producer Andrew Thorne (Working Poor guitarist and member of rock duo Modern Chair).
The full album - To Hell With These Streets - will be released in September on Forget The Past Records.
But fans wanting a more immersive listening experience will be pleased to hear the record's concept - a day-in-the-life of a city.
"Some will pick up on characters from earlier albums (2014's Forget the Past and last year's critically acclaimed Stranger In My Own Hometown), who are still rattling around the mean streets. I approached this album one like a crime novel - but with songs instead of chapters."
On the production process Greg says -
"I sent Andrew a few songs and this was the one he chose to work with. I love what he came up with - catchy, dark, and a little dirty - definitely an album highlight."

Life Is Short - produced, mixed and mastered by Modern Chair's Andrew Thorne.
Music and lyrics - Greg Fleming
Greg Fleming - vocals, dobro
Andrew Thorne - elec gtr, slide, bass.
Cover art and design Andrew B. White

Greg to open up for Ed Kuepper at Tuning Fork Show

Greg will play a short solo set on Saturday April 16 at Australian artist Ed Kuepper's show at the Tuning Fork. Expect a couple of new songs in the set. Greg and The Working Poor are currently preparing to go in the studio in June to start work on what will be Greg and the band's third album together - following the critically acclaimed Forget The Past (2014) and Stranger In My Own Hometown (2015).

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