Greg Loiacono shares soothing new song “The Last Day of June” [Video]
True to the spirit of today’s date, Greg Loiacono, co-founder of Mother Hips returns with his latest single, “Last Day Of June”, previewed via Live for live music.
The soothing guitar-based instrumental is the latest in a series of four solo singles recently released by Loiacono and longtime The Mother Hips label, Blue rose.
The track, which Loiacono performs on acoustic guitar over a subtle bed of synthesizer drones, also includes EBow guitar tracks by Scott hirsch (Golden Messenger whistles). It is reminiscent of Loiacono’s youth, when he discovered early American guitar music and learned open chords.
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As Loiacono explains of âLast Day Of June,â âWhen I was sixteen I found a record in my father’s collection that had a trippy cover with two dragons and the archaic kind of imagery. I was in then (and still am today). There were three names on it: John fahey, Leo Kottke, and Pierre Lang. When I listened to the masterful guitar playing and read the comedic biographies of these unique individuals, I instantly fell in love with the whole sound and vibe. It changed my perception of what playing the guitar could be like.
âA year later,â he continues, âI was at a Renaissance party and a hippie sitting under a tree was playing ‘That’s The Way’ by Led Zeppelin. I noticed that he was not playing the usual fingerings that I knew. He showed me the open G-tuning. Once I learned this, I realized that most of the noteworthy sounds and chords I was hearing on the aforementioned compilation album involved open chords. It was a cool revelation to have my teenage rock universe and that early American guitar music that I had recently discovered bump into and educate myself. “The last day of June” certainly wouldn’t have happened without my father and that Takoma Records compilation.”
âThe song is the result of thinking about impermanence and that no matter what kind of shots you make, things can and will change whether you like it or not,â he adds. he. âThe play was written on June 30, 2020, the 20th wedding anniversary of my wife and I. The world was in confinement and many of our life plans had fallen through. Now was not the time to party. Continuity, patience, and acceptance almost seemed to be antidotes to the sometimes scary characteristics of the unknown and are some of the qualities that got us through. The mix of acoustic guitar and synthesizer allowed me to merge juxtaposed thoughts and feelings across the tone. And it was good to put the words aside and let the music guide the way. The result is a dedication to our love and our journey so far. “
Watch the video for Greg Loiacono’s “Last Day Of June” below.
Greg Loiacono – “Last day of June” (Music video)
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Greg Loiacono’s three previous releases from the four solo singles series include “Seed”, “Bound To Fall” (a duet with an independent singer / songwriter Jamie drake) and “What can I say?” “. The songs follow a full solo album, Mystical traces, released in 2020. In addition to continuing to build a body of solo work, Loiacono’s main group, The Mother Hips, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. To honor this milestone, the group’s label, Blue Rose, is reissuing its ten vinyl studio albums. Additionally, The Mother Hips will be releasing a new studio album this winter.
“The Mother Hips, the group in which I have been a part since I was twenty, are celebrating our 30 years together in 2021”, notes Greg Loiacono. âBlue Rose Music has released our entire catalog on vinyl to commemorate the anniversary and The Hips have completed a new album which will be released by the end of the year. I’m also working on an instrumental guitar album for 2022. Lots of music everywhere. Thanks to the support of our fans, we have the opportunity to stay creative for over 30 years in our career. I am very excited for what the future holds.
In the meantime, Loiacono will perform a handful of solo tour dates in California, including concerts at Hopmoines Tavern (8/14) and Chico Women’s Club (8/13). For more information, go here.
For more information on The Mother Hips Tour, go here.