Greg Klyma Releases Never Knew Caroline

New studio album featuring Gurf Morlix, Peter Case, and Bill Kirchen. Available now on vinyl, CD and in digital formats!

Some artists find inspiration in romantic break-ups, others find it in rediscovering their roots. For Boston-based singer-songwriter Greg Klyma, it came from both.

Never Knew Caroline, his latest release, finds him coping with a toxic end of a romantic relationship and recalling the musicians from his Buffalo, NY hometown that inspired him in his formative years. Several of them, including critically acclaimed artists Peter Case and Gurf Morlix, join Klyma on the album.

The album opens with the title track, where we find Klyma at home while on the move after a period of “drowning in the mud” of his own mind. The album shifts gears with “Sand,” a song reminiscent of both Harvest-era Neil Young and more recent releases by the Decemberists. “Discovery,” Klyma sings, “is just stumbling across a thing that's always been.”

Morlix and Case are featured on “Kristofferson,” one of the album’s focal points. In this poignant ballad, Klyma pays homage to one of his songwriting heroes in both the title and the style of the song, while his delivery will draw comparisons to another hero, Willie Nelson.

The honky-tonk “Ex-Girlfriends Cost Less Money Than Ex-Wives” may or may not be tongue-in-cheek as Klyma proclaims, “you’ll spend less dating ten women than you will losing one bride.” It’s 1970’s outlaw country at its finest, made all the richer by guest guitarist Bill Kirchen.

The genre diversity shouldn’t come as a surprise from an artist well studied in American music. “Old school country, classic rock, and singer-songwriter folk are three styles of music that I love. I love to listen to 'em. I love to play 'em,” he says, “my wheelhouse finds me standing in the long shadows of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, and Mick & Keef, to name a few.”

His birthdate puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg Klyma is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin' Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It's the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.

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What Others are Saying

Being on stage with Greg Klyma is like taking a gun to a knife fight.

Tom Bianchi

He puts his heart, soul and right foot into every song.

Jonathan Byrd

He makes me imagine an able-bodied Vic Chesnutt, with girl problems instead of alcohol problems.

Pat Wictor

The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie, and David Sedaris.

Sarah Craig, Caffè Lena

Greg Klyma is a true professional... We treasure each and every visit to our venue.

Joe Ables, The Saxon Pub

He spins meandering tales on a long-loved acoustic that bring us to that point where we realize the glass is half empty and half full at the same time.

Performing Songwriter Magazine, June 2004

He's the real deal, singing about stuff that matters.

Sing Out! Magazine, Winter 2004

A singer/songwriter with (an) Arlo Guthrie-esque voice (who) writes socially conscious ballads and acoustic-guitar ditties thick with hippie happiness that assume audiences are both smart and able to laugh.

Mountain Xpress, August 2003

A man hellbent on becoming Buffalo's own Woody Guthrie.

Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News

Greg Klyma is a home-cooked meal and a vaudeville show in a fast food karaoke world. He is beyond definitions of style and arbiters of cool. He is precisely who he is, no additives or fillers.

CJ Watson

I always find my self reaching for big pointless words nobody wants to hear like 'colloquial' when I try and describe Greg Klyma. Truth is, Greg was that neighbor kid you got to mow your lawn or run errands for you cause you knew he was friendly, down to earth and trustworthy. And even though this seasoned road dog lives basically out of his van most of the year, he never strikes you as having been beaten down by the long miles, late-night radio preachers and truck stop coffee. It's Greg's boy-next-door personality that makes his high plaintive voice seem less ‘High and Lonesome’ and more like ‘Hi, how ya doin?’

Butch Ross

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