Upcoming Dates

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

"BACK TO THE BEACH" CAROLINA TOUR, TJ'S NIGHTLIFE

7:30 PM
4801 Leigh Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616
USA
(919) 713-1300
Price: Member $10 In Advance/$12 At The Door;Guests $13 In Advance/$15 At The Door

Riding the success of his chart-topping song "Goodbye Train", Blue-Eyed Soul Legend GRAYSON HUGH heads back to his old Southern stomping grounds this August, joining forces with renowned blues and boogie band Jim Quick & Coastline, for Three Concerts in Three Carolina Cities. It's the

BACK TO THE BEACH

CAROLINA TOUR 2014

Come see Grayson perform his hits both old and new as he brings his soulful, high-energy live-show "Goodbye Train" to a station near you!

AND BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!

First Stop is Raleigh, North Carolina:


TJ's NIGHTLIFE
Thursday August 28th 2014
4801 Leigh Dr, Raleigh, NC 27616
Showtime is 7:30 pm.
Tickets: Members $10 In Advance/$12 At The Door.
Guest: $13 In Advance/$15 At The Door.
For Advance Tickets call (919) 713-1300.

Or click the link below to buy tickets for any of the three shows:

http://umbrellaevent.com/grayson-hugh-back-to-the-beach/

THE GOODBYE TRAIN IS HEADED SOUTH!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

"BACK TO THE BEACH" CAROLINA TOUR, THIRSTY'S 2

9 PM
119 N Chimney Rock Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
USA
(336) 218-0074
Price: Member $10 In Advance/$13 At The Door;Guests $12 In Advance/$15 At The Door

Riding the success of his chart-topping song "Goodbye Train", Blue-Eyed Soul Legend GRAYSON HUGH heads back to his old Southern stomping grounds this August, joining forces with renowned blues and boogie band Jim Quick & Coastline, for Three Concerts in Three Carolina Cities. It's the

BACK TO THE BEACH

CAROLINA TOUR 2014

Come see Grayson perform his hits both old and new as he brings his soulful, high-energy live-show "Goodbye Train" to a station near you!

AND BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!

Second Stop is Greensboro, North Carolina:


THIRSTY'S 2
Friday August 29th 2014
119 North Chimney Rock Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409
Showtime is 9 pm.
Tickets: Members $10 In Advance/$13 At The Door.
Guest: $12 In Advance/$15 At The Door.
For Advance Tickets call (313) 218-0074.

Or click the link below to buy tickets for any of the three shows:

http://umbrellaevent.com/grayson-hugh-back-to-the-beach/

THE GOODBYE TRAIN IS HEADED SOUTH!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

"BACK TO THE BEACH" CAROLINA TOUR, THE SPANISH GALLEON

9 PM
100 North Ocean Boulevard
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
USA
(843) 249-1048
Price: $10 In Advance/$15 At The Door

Riding the success of his chart-topping song "Goodbye Train", Blue-Eyed Soul Legend GRAYSON HUGH heads back to his old Southern stomping grounds this August, joining forces with renowned blues and boogie band Jim Quick & Coastline, for Three Concerts in Three Carolina Cities. It's the

BACK TO THE BEACH

CAROLINA TOUR 2014

Come see Grayson perform his hits both old and new as he brings his soulful, high-energy live-show "Goodbye Train" to a station near you!

AND BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES!

Third Stop is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:


THE SPANISH GALLEON
Saturday August 30th 2014
100 North Ocean Blvd., N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Showtime is 9 pm.
Tickets: $10 In Advance/$15 At The Door.
For Advance Tickets call (843) 249-1048.

Or click the link below to buy tickets for any of the three shows:

http://umbrellaevent.com/grayson-hugh-back-to-the-beach/

THE GOODBYE TRAIN IS HEADED SOUTH!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ The Port Hardy Civic Centre, Vancouver Island

7:30 PM
7360 Columbia St.
Port Hardy,  British Columbia V0N 2P0
Canada
250-949-6665
Price: $15 In Advance, $20 Day Of Show

Blue-Eyed Soul Legend
GRAYSON HUGH
with POLLY MESSER
A SPECIAL VANCOUVER ISLAND CONCERT

With Special Guest ALAN MOBERG

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2014   
THE PORT HARDY CIVIC CENTRE
7360 Columbia St.
Port Hardy, British Columbia, V0N 2P0, CANADA
7:30 PM
TICKETS $15 In Advance $20 Day Of Show


Tickets Available at CAFE GUIDO
7135 Market Street, Port Hardy, British Columbia
For tickets and further information call Christine Hunt at 250-538-8649

Friday, September 19th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover - but be sure to reserve a table! (860) 620-9133

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

Live @ Smokin With Chris

CT's Best Award-Winning Barbecue & Live Music Venue!!

59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
 06489

No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133 (Due to Limited Seating, Reservations For The Music and BBQ can be made for no earlier than 8pm)

For the past four years, since moving back to his home state of Connecticut, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh, along with his wife singer Polly Messer, has been doing special intimate concerts every two months or so one of Connecticut's hottest barbeque and live music spots, Smokin With Chris in Southington. It's become a tradition. Here's a unique chance to hear the legendary blue-eyed soul man himself, with Polly Messer, in an up-close and personal acoustic setting at Grayson & Polly's favorite Ct. BBQ restaurant and live music venue.

'Grayson's songs have been called "a soul/rock stew with a dash of blues and a pinch of country" (Stone Phillips, The Today Show).

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts has this to say of Grayson's 2014 Beach Music hit "Goodbye Train": "You'll Be Singing Along! (5 Stars) This is one of those songs that, the first time you hear it you feel like you've known it forever. It's a timeless tale of love and leave-taking, set to a loping beat accented by piano fills that fall into it like a light snow. And Hugh, that love child of Sam Cooke and Bruce Springsteen, sings it with just the right touch of ache." Leonard Pitts, April 22, 2014

For directions and menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

AHM 2014 FALL FOLIAGE CONCERT and AUCTION

7:30 PM
25 Pendleton Drive
Hebron, CT 06248
USA
(860) 228-9488
Price: $35 In Advance and At Door

AHM Youth & Family Services, Inc. Presents
Blue-Eyed Soul Legend
GRAYSON HUGH
with POLLY MESSER

2014 Fall Foliage Concert & Auction
Saturday October 18, 2014

7:30 PM
Doors 6 PM for Refreshments and Auction Item Viewing
Tickets $35
For Tickets Call 860-228-9488

Come hear the acclaimed singer/songwriter perform his hits from radio and movies with his wife singer Polly Messer, and participate in a fun auction that helps support the great work that AHM does in the communities of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia, CT.

AHM Youth & Family Services, Inc.
25 Pendleton Drive
Hebron, CT 06248
(860) 228-9488

Past Dates

Friday, July 18th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER - BEACH PARTY CONCERT @ SMOKIN WITH CHRIS

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
(860) 620-9133
Price: No cover - but be sure to reserve a table! (860) 620-9133

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER


SUMMER BBQ BEACH PARTY @ Smokin With Chris!

BEACH FAVORS! BEACH FOOD! GRAYSON'S BEACH MUSIC HITS! Copies of Grayson's Beach Music Hit "Goodbye Train" will be available for purchase at the show!

Smokin With Chris

CT's Best Award-Winning Barbecue & Live Music Venue!!

59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
 06489

No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133 (Due to Limited Seating, Reservations For The Music and BBQ an be made for no earlier than 8pm)

For the past four years, since moving back to his home state of Connecticut, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh, along with his wife singer Polly Messer, has been doing special intimate concerts every two months or so one of Connecticut's hottest barbeque and live music spots, Smokin With Chris in Southington. It's become a tradition. Here's a unique chance to hear the legendary blue-eyed soul man himself, with Polly Messer, in an up-close and personal acoustic setting at Grayson & Polly's favorite Ct. BBQ restaurant and live music venue.

'Grayson's songs have been called "a soul/rock stew with a dash of blues and a pinch of country" (Stone Phillips, The Today Show).

Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts has this to say of Grayson's 2014 Beach Music hit "Goodbye Train": "You'll Be Singing Along! (5 Stars) This is one of those songs that, the first time you hear it you feel like you've known it forever. It's a timeless tale of love and leave-taking, set to a loping beat accented by piano fills that fall into it like a light snow. And Hugh, that love child of Sam Cooke and Bruce Springsteen, sings it with just the right touch of ache." Leonard Pitts, April 22, 2014

Come hear the Beach with Grayson Hugh and Polly Messer - and eat some great Summertime Beach BBQ at Smokin With Chris on Friday July 18!

For directions and menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ SubCulture New York

Show 8pm, Doors 7pm
45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs
New York, NY 10012
USA
(212) 533-5470
Price: $15 In Advance, $20 Day Of Show

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist

GRAYSON HUGH with singer POLLY MESSER

Live In Concert @ SubCulture Arts Underground

45 Bleeker Street, Downstairs, New York NY

THURSDAY JULY 10, 2014

Showtime 8pm, Doors 7pm

Tickets $15 In Advance, $20 Day Of Show

For Tickets, Directions and Further Details:

http://subculturenewyork.com/ts_event/graysonhughpollymesser325/

 

Friday, May 16th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

8:00 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover - but be sure to reserve a table! (860) 620-9133

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER
Live @ Smokin With Chris
FRIDAY MAY 16, 2014
8 PM
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Award-Winning Barbecue & Live Music Venue!!
No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133

For the past four years, since moving back to his home state of Connecticut, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh, along with his wife singer Polly Messer, has been doing special intimate concerts every two months or so at Smokin With Chris. It's become a tradition. Here's a unique chance to hear the legendary blue-eyed soul man himself, with Polly Messer, in an up-close and personal acoustic setting at Grayson & Polly's favorite Ct. BBQ restaurant and live music venue.

"Hugh's music is a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix." - Benny Metten, Ctrl. Alt. Country, August, 2010."

"Grayson Hugh did a spectacular show the other night at Infinity Music Hall. Blue-Eyed Soul's Prodigal Son is back - and stronger than ever." - Jack Forchette, Director of Entertainment and Business Development, Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT, May 21, 2012

"Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard." - Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 10, 2010

For directions & menu: http://smokinwithchris.com/

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER In Concert @ The Ridgefield Public Libary

3:30 - 4:30 PM
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-2282
Price: Free and Open to the Public

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, blue-eyed soul legend and pianist Grayson Hugh, with singer Polly Messer, will appear live in concert at The Ridgefield Public Library on Saturday May 10, 2014. The one-hour concert begins at 3:30 pm in the Full Program Room. Admission is free and open to the public. The address of the Library is 472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

This free concert is part of the Library's Opening Weekend celebrations and is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund. 

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover - but be sure to reserve a table! (860) 620-9133

Note: There is No Cover charge, but be sure and reserve a table for 8pm or after. That way, you can enjoy some award-winning barbeque while listening to the show! Due to the demand for seats at the show, we seriously recommend reserving. 8pm is the earliest Smokin With Chris can reserve a table for you. Call (860) 620-9133. We look forward to seeing you there!

For the past four years, since moving back to his home state of Connecticut, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh, along with his wife singer Polly Messer, has been doing special intimate concerts every two months or so at Smokin With Chris, Connecticut's Best BBQ and Live Music Venue. It's become a tradition. Here's a unique chance to hear the legendary blue-eyed soul man himself, with Polly Messer, in an up-close and personal acoustic setting at Grayson & Polly's favorite Ct. BBQ restaurant and live music venue.

Grayson's songs have been called "a soul/rock stew with a dash of blues and a pinch of country" (Stone Phillips, The Today Show) and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix." - Benny Metten, Ctrl. Alt. Country

 

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover - but be sure to reserve a table!

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER


Smokin With Chris 59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.


CT's Best Award-Winning Barbecue & Live Music Venue!!
FRIDAY January 17, 2014 
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133


For the past four years, since moving back to his home state of Connecticut, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh, along with his wife singer Polly Messer, has been doing special intimate concerts every two months or so at Smokin With Chris. It's become something of a tradition. Grayson Hugh fans from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and even Australia have been in the audience at these shows! 

Here's a unique chance to hear the legendary blue-eyed soul man himself, with the amazing singer Polly Messer, in an up-close and personal acoustic setting at Grayson & Polly's favorite Ct. BBQ restaurant and live music venue.

"Irony fans, please note: The soul man is a dinosaur in decline, right? Al Green went and got religion, Dennis Edwards is in exile from The Temptations again and, let's face it, Luther Vandross is way too cool to sweat. So who's left to save the genre? Some down-and-dirty black powerhouse who grew up in a suburb of Hell, singing in the local church? Not quite. He's a white guy from a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut. And the first time he was ever in a black church and saw somebody whip out a tambourine, he jumped a mile. Meet Grayson Hugh and the music he likes to call "poetry with an attitude". The gravel-voiced 31-year-old grew up with the prerequisite love for black music. Unlike so many other "blue-eyed" soul men, though, he followed the music to its spawning ground, walking in "audaciously" to apply for a job as pianist at a little black church.
Of the currently active soul men, he is, arguably, the best in class."
- Leonard Pitts, Jr., Musician Magazine, November 1989

"I jumped at the chance to book Grayson Hugh and Polly Messer into Smokin With Chris. Grayson is an amazing songwriter, incredible singer and pianist. The harmonies that he and Polly create are truly remarkable. Their residency here (they play every few weeks, since the winter of '09) has been a bright spot in our calender. Laura & I (and the audiences here) are blessed to have them. In this world of mediocre music, Grayson and Polly are the real deal - original, soulful, meaningful. Playing a mix of his radio hits, movies and songs from his recently released "An American Record", Grayson Hugh is a national treasure."
- Chris Conlon, owner, Smokin With Chris, Southington, Ct., June 2011


"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
- Bob Doerschuk, CMAWorld, May 10, 2010

Friday, February 21st, 2014

AMAZING ARTS CENTER FIREHOUSE THEATER

8:00 PM
160 Hollis Street
Framingham, Massachusetts 01701
508-405-ARTS (2787)
Price: $20 ($19 Stu/Sen, $17 Member, $10 Child Under 12)

Internationally Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter & BLue-Eyed Soul Legend

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

Live In Concert FRIDAY February 21, 2014

Amazing Things Arts Center
160 Hollis St, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 405-2787

8 PM Showtime 

For tickets: http://www.amazingthings.org/frontpage2.asp?DC_ID=2280

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ CAFE NINE

8:00 PM
250 State St.
New Haven, CT 06510
USA
(203) 789-8281
Price: $12 in Advance, $15 At Door

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh will bring his foot-stomping soul music to Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT on Thursday January 23rd, 2014. Singer Polly Messer will be joining him onstage. Don't miss this chance to see this blue-eyed soul legend up close and personal in the intimate setting of Cafe Nine. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets $12 In Advance, $15 At Door.

For tickets and further details: http://www.cafenine.com/event/382063-grayson-hugh-new-haven/

Friday, January 17th, 2014

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover - but be sure to reserve a table!

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER
Live @ Smokin With Chris
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Award-Winning Barbecue & Live Music Venue!!

FRIDAY January 17, 2014  

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133

For the past four years, since moving back to his home state of Connecticut, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh, along with his wife singer Polly Messer, has been doing special intimate concerts every two months or so at Smokin With Chris. It's become something of a tradition. Grayson Hugh fans from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and even Australia have been in the audience at these shows!

Here's a unique chance to hear the legendary blue-eyed soul man himself, with the amazing Polly Messer, in an up-close and personal acoustic setting at Grayson & Polly's favorite Ct. BBQ restaurant and live music venue.

"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy? No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, The Miami Herald)

"Amazing show last night at The Kate!!! I always expect great music from Grayson Hugh and am never disappointed. But at last night's concert at The Katherine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook, Ct, he took us all up to a new level because of the musical chemistry with Polly. It's a magical blend!"  (Colin McEnroe, Host of The Colin McEnroe Show, WPNR)

"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld)


For directions & menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/

Friday, November 15th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 pm
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover, but be sure & reserve a table!

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER
Live @ Smokin With Chris
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Award-Winning Barbecue & Live Music Venue!!

No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133

Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and RCA/MCA Recording Artist Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", his hits from radio and films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is a critically-acclaimed restaurant featuring some of the best live music around and amazing barbeque and southern cuisine.

"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy?
 No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)

"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 21,2010)


For directions & menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/


To read Connecticut Magazine's article:
http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2012/Music-Food-Perfect-Pairings/

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ The Towne Crier Cafe

7:30 PM
379 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
USA
(845) 855-1300
Price: $20 In Advance, $25 At Door (plus $3 processing per ticket)

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh returns to The Towne Crier Cafe at their new location - 379 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508 on Sunday November 3rd, 2013. Performing with Hugh is singer Polly Messer. Showtime is 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 In Advance, $25 At Door (plus $3 processing per ticket).
Don't miss this chance to hear blue-eyed soul legend Grayson Hugh in this intimate setting. He tore the roof off The Towne Crier last February; he's back to do it again!
Opening the show is Lowrey Hamner.


For tickets and further info call (845) 855-1300 or visit:
http://townecc.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=130134&cart

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ The Hubbard Room, Russell Library

123 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
USA
860-347-2528
Price: No admission, free and open to the public

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh, with singer Polly Messer, will appear in concert in The Hubbard Room of The Russell Library, 123 Broad Street Middletown, CT 06457 on Saturday November 2, 2013 at 2 pm.
Admission is free and open to the public.

Known for his global mega-hits (Talk It Over, Bring It All Back, How 'Bout Us) as well as his songs in blockbuster movies Thelma & Louise and Fried Green Tomatoes., Grayson Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world for more than two decades. His 1988 debut album, Blind To Reason, went gold in the U.S. & overseas, and his follow-up release, Road To Freedom, was called one of the year's best albums by Billboard Magazine.

His songs have been called "poetry set to music" and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix."

Performing with Hugh at Russell Library is his wife, harmony singer Polly Messer, a former member of the swing band Eight To The Bar and the New York-based rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.

In 2010 Hugh released his long-awaited comeback album, An American Record. Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was moved to write: "In a world where music is often a brittle artificiality, the music he makes is hard and strong, convicted and convincing.  And true.  Most of all, true. It's there in the gritty lament of his voice, in the roughhouse eloquence of his piano, and the atmospheric poetry of his words.  He has that thing Sam Cooke and Ray Charles had, that thing you still hear sometimes in Bruce Springsteen, that lonely, train whistle in the dark thing, that yearning, keening thing that gets right to the heart of what it means to be alive, what it means to be a human being. This is 'An American Record'. Some of us are glad the wait is over at last."

For directions & details call 860-347-2528 or visit: http://www.russelllibrary.org/

Friday, November 1st, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER In Concert @ Bridge Street Live

9 PM
41 Bridge Street
Collinsville, CT 06022
USA
(860) 693-9762
Price: $20, $30

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, blue-eyed soul legend and pianist Grayson Hugh is known for his global mega-hits ("Talk It Over", "Bring It All Back", "How Bout Us)" as well as his songs in blockbuster movies "Thelma & Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes". Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world for more than two decades. His 1988 debut album, "Blind To Reason", went gold in the U.S. & overseas, and his follow-up release, "Road To Freedom", was called one of the year's best albums by Billboard Magazine.

His songs have been called "poetry set to music" and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix."

Performing at Bridge Street Live with Grayson is his wife and harmony singer Polly Messer, a former member of the swing band Eight To The Bar and the New York-based rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.

In 2010 Hugh released his long-awaited comeback album, "An American Record". Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was moved to write: "In a world where music is often a brittle artificiality, the music he makes is hard and strong, convicted and convincing. And true. Most of all, true. It's there in the gritty lament of his voice, in the roughhouse eloquence of his piano, and the atmospheric poetry of his words. He has that thing Sam Cooke and Ray Charles had, that thing you still hear sometimes in Bruce Springsteen, that lonely, train whistle in the dark thing, that yearning, keening thing that gets right to the heart of what it means to be alive, what it means to be a human being. This is 'An American Record'. Some of us are glad the wait is over at last."

 

- Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald, March 8, 2010

 

For tickets, directions & further details:
http://www.41bridgestreet.com/calendar/index.php?id=319

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER In Concert @ The Norwood Theatre

8:00 PM
109 Central Street
Norwood, MA 02062
USA
781-551-9000
Price: $29 Adults, $26 Seniors

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, pianist and blue-eyed soul legend Grayson Hugh will be appearing in concert at the historic and newly renovated 731-seat Norwood Theatre in Norwood, Mass. Performing with Grayson is his wife singer Polly Messer.

Know for his global radio hits "Talk It Over", "Bring It All Back", "How Bout Us" and his songs in the films "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes", Hugh has been writing, recording and performing his passionate and poetic music since bursting on the scene with his debut RCA album "Blind To Reason" in 1988. After "Blind To Reason" went Gold in the U.S. and overseas, and touring the world for several years, Hugh released "Road To Freedom" on MCA in 1992. It was called one of the year's Top-Ten Albums by Billboard Magazine.

Since the release of his comeback album "An American Record" in 2010, Hugh has been performing with singer Polly Messer at music halls and theaters in the U.S. and Europe.

Opening Act for Grayson Hugh and Polly Messer will be the Santa Croce Family Band.

Showtime is 8 PM. Tickets are $29 for Adults, $26 for Seniors.

For tickets, directions and further details about the show click: http://norwoodstage.com/shows/grayson-hugh-with-polly-messer/

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with Polly Messer In Concert @ The Lyric Theatre

7:00 PM
59 S.W. Flagler Avenue
Stuart, Florida 34994
USA
(772) 286-7827
Price: TBA

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh, with singer Polly Messer, will be appearing in concert at the historic and beautiful Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart, Florida on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Showtime is 7 PM, ticket prices to be announced.The 500 seat Lyric Theatre has brought luminaries from the worlds of country, folk, rock and theater to its stage. This will be Grayson's third appearance at The Lyric. Here's what one music critic said of his first time performing there:

 "Grayson Hugh is an American music original. Hugh brought his diverse souffle of rock, gospel, balladry and poetry to a slow simmer last night at the Lyric Theatre in sleepy little downtown Stuart, Florida. The building threatened to rise from its foundations, but the trembling rafters weren't caused by passing trains. It was just Hugh's voice soaring for the stratosphere, strong and emotional, sweet and assured. Releasing only two albums in five years, 1989's "Blind To Reason" and "Road To Freedom" in 1992, Hugh is still considered an artist on the rise. After last night's experience, however, the audience must have wondered why this man is not recognized as one of the country's most enduring talents."      - Gary Shipes, The Stuart News, May 6, 1994

With the success of Hugh's 2010 release "An American Record", (co-produced with his wife and harmony singer Polly Messer) and another album in the works, this upcoming show at The Lyric should prove to be an thrilling evening of new songs as well as his hits from radio and film, with some stories of the journey on the way.

For Tickets and further details:
http://www.lyrictheatre.com/show/5473-grayson-hugh

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ SubCulture

7:30 PM
45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs
New York, NY 10012
USA
(212) 533-5470
Price: $15 In Advance, $20 Day Of Show

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and blue-eyed soul legend GRAYSON HUGH will be appearing Live in Concert at SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, New York, NY 10012 on September 23rd 2013. Performing with Hugh is his wife and harmony singer Polly Messer.

For tickets, directions and all other details: http://www.subculturenewyork.com/event/326379-grayson-hugh-new-york/

Friday, September 20th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 pm
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover, but be sure & reserve a table!


GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER
Live @ Smokin With Chris
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Barbecue & Live Music Place!!

No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133

Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and RCA/MCA Recording Artist Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", his hits from radio and films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is a critically-acclaimed restaurant featuring some of the best live music around and amazing barbeque and southern cuisine.

"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy?
 No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)

"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 21,2010)


For directions & menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/


To read Connecticut Magazine's article: 
http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2012/Music-Food-Perfect-Pairings/

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live In Concert @ The Canton Summer Concert Series

6:30 PM
Mills Pond Park, 14 East Hill Road
Canton, CT 06019
USA
860-693-5808
Price: Free and Open To The Public

 

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist GRAYSON HUGH with Singer POLLY MESSER will be appearing LIVE IN CONCERT @ The 2013 Summer Concert Series at Mills Pond Park - 14 E Hill Rd, Canton, CT 06019 -THURSDAY AUGUST 15, 2013     6:30 - 8 PM Showtime. Admission is Free and Open To The Public. In case of rain, the concert will be held in The Canton Town Hall Auditorium or The Canton High School Auditorium. Check the website on the day of the show: http://www.cantonrec.org/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=28891

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

MUSIC AT THE MEETINGHOUSE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

7:30 PM
First Church of Christ, Congregational, 499 Town Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
860-537-2052
Price: $15 Day Of Concert, $12 In Advance

Blue-Eyed Soul Legend
GRAYSON HUGH
with POLLY MESSER

~A Midsummer's Night Concert~

MUSIC AT THE MEETINGHOUSE
Summer Concert Series
First Church of Christ, Congregational
499 Town Street, East Haddam, CT 06423

Tickets $15 At Door, $12 in Advance Call 860-537-2052

Directions: http://firstchurcheh.org/

On Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 East Haddam residents will get a treat when internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh and his wife singer Polly Messer present "A Midsummer's Night Concert" in The Music at the Meetinghouse Summer Concert Series at the First Church of Christ Congregational, 499 Town St., East Haddam, CT. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. A reception with the artists will follow the concert.

Grayson Hugh is the son of a classical music radio host and his mother grew up in Shanghai, China, the daughter of a missionary. He grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut.

He started playing the piano at three years old.  In his teens he was influenced by rock and roll but also was the pianist in an African-American gospel church, studied with jazz pianist Jaki Byard and avant garde pianist Ran Blake, and composed for several well-known choreographers.

In 1980, he released “Grayson Hugh" (19 Records) and in 1986, frustrated with the local music scene, he moved to New York and was signed to RCA Records in 1987.

In 1989, three singles from the album “Blind to Reason” made it into the Billboard Hot 100 and “Talk It Over,” reached the Top 20. “Bring It All Back” and “How ‘Bout Us” were also international radio hits in 1989.

Hugh’s second major album, “Road to Freedom,” received wide acclaim. Billboard Magazine called it one of 1992's top ten albums. "Road To Freedom" also got the attention of Hollywood. Director Ridley Scott put two of the songs, “I Can’t Untie You From Me” and “Don’t Look Back,” in the film "Thelma and Louise" (1991). Another director, Jon Avnet, asked Hugh to record Bob Dylan's "I'll Remember You" for the closing song in the film "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991). Hugh dipped back into his experience playing piano in an inner city black church in Hartford and recorded a rousing gospel version of the song "that could raise the dead" according to one critic.

In 2008 Hugh married Polly Messer, former singer with Eight to the Bar, and in 2010 he released his first CD in 15 years, "An American Record", to the delight of his many fans around the world.

Those attending the concert will be getting a special preview of songs heard for the first time in public as Grayson is in the process of creating songs for a new record. Recently back from a writing retreat on Block Island, Hugh said in a recent interview "I get inspiration from nature and seclusion, and Block Island, before the Summer crowds hit, is one of my favorite places to be. The ideas just flow freely there".

Hugh's connection to East Haddam and First Church of Christ Congregational in particular go back to 1973, when at the age of 22 he composed the score for a hour long CPTV Halloween Special called "When Witches Hovered Near". The show aired nationally on the PBS Network for several years. The teleplay drew on local legends and was filmed on location in East Haddam, with the narrator introducing the two stories from the church itself. A DVD of the show will be playing at the reception, for those interested to see it.

Tickets to what promises to be a great concert (and a chance to meet the artists) are $12 if bought in advance and $15 the day of the concert. For tickets call 860-537-2052.

“Once again, Grayson Hugh rocked the Kate leaving our audience begging for more. A lot of people play our piano, but nobody whips it into a frenzy like Grayson.” - Chuck Still, Executive Director, Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT, April 10, 2012


"Grayson Hugh did a spectacular show the other night at Infinity Music Hall. Blue-Eyed Soul's Prodigal Son is back - and stronger than ever." - Jack Forchette, Director of Entertainment and Business Development, Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT, May 21, 2012

"…his music is soul in the sense that it looks you in the eye and speaks to you from the gut, that it is real, honest and -  we keep coming back to that word - true. This is "An American Record".  Some of us are glad the wait is over at last." - Leonard Pitts. Jr., 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, The Miami Herald, March 8, 2010


Friday, July 19th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 PM
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: no cover charge, but be sure to reserve a table!

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER
Live @ Smokin With Chris

Friday July 19, 2013  - 6:30 pm showtime.
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Barbecue & Live Music Place!!
No cover charge - but there's limited seating
-BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133

Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and RCA/MCA Recording Artist Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", his hits from radio and films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is a critically-acclaimed restaurant featuring some of the best live music around and amazing barbeque and southern cuisine.



"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy?
 No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)



"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 21,2010)


For directions & menu: http://smokinwithchris.com/

To read Connecticut Magazine's article: http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2012/Music-Food-Perfect-Pairings/

Friday, May 17th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 pm
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover, but be sure & reserve a table!

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER
Live @ Smokin With Chris
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Barbecue & Live Music Place!!

No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133

Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and RCA/MCA Recording Artist Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", his hits from radio and films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is a critically-acclaimed restaurant featuring some of the best live music around and amazing barbeque and southern cuisine.



"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy?
 No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)



"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 21,2010)


For directions & menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/


To read Connecticut Magazine's article:
http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2012/Music-Food-Perfect-Pairings/

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH Live @ The Cutting Room

8 pm
44 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10010
USA
(212) 691-1900
Price: $20

GRAYSON HUGH Live @ The Cutting Room, NYC Saturday, May 11, 2013

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh will be appearing at The Cutting Room on 44 East 32nd Street, in NYC on Saturday May 11, 2013.
Showtime is 8pm. Tickets are $20.
Performing with Hugh is his wife and harmony singer Polly Messer, a former member of the swing band Eight To The Bar and the New York-based rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.


Known for his global mega-hits ("Talk It Over", "Bring It All Back", "How Bout Us") and his songs in blockbuster movies "Thelma & Louise" and"Fried Green Tomatoes", Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world since he burst on the scene in 1988 with his debut RCA record "Blind To Reason".
After earning Gold records overseas and in the U.S. with "Blind To Reason" and touring worldwide for several years, Hugh released "Road To Freedom" on MCA Records in 1992. It was called one of the year's top ten albums by Billboard Magazine and praised by critics for its arresting lyrics and raw, country-soul sound.
Hugh's songs have been called "poetry set to music" and his voice has been compared to soul icons Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix."
In 2010 the reclusive Hugh released his long-awaited comeback album "An American Record". It is a genre-defying collection of stories about wandering, loss and ultimately redemption.
Don't miss this chance to see this legendary singer/songwriter in an intimate acoustic concert setting. In the words of one writer:
"Grayson Hugh has been there and back again. His story - our story - has to be heard".

For tickets and further info call (212) 691-1900 or visit:

http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/230565-grayson-hugh-new-york/


Laughing & Lost In Las Vegas (Live @ The Cutting Room 1/19/13):
http://youtu.be/-w8kkvLl1QY

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

THE NARROWS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

8 pm
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 324-1926
Price: $20 in advance, $23 day of show

FROM BLUES TO BLUEGRASS:

A NIGHT OF EXCITING ROOTS MUSIC

featuring GRAYSON HUGH & Polly Messer  

and CAROLINE DOCTOROW & The Steamrollers


THE NARROWS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, Massachusetts

(508) 324-1926

 THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2013
8 pm showtime
Tickets $20 in advance, $23 at the door 

For tickets, directions & details: http://tickets.ncfta.org/orderticketsarea.asp?p=438&a=1&backurl=default.asp 


Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and powerhouse pianist Grayson Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world since he burst on the scene with his 1988 RCA debut album "Blind To Reason".  Known for his global mega-hits ("Talk It Over", "Bring It All Back", "How Bout Us") and his songs in blockbuster movies "Thelma & Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes", this blue-eyed soul phenom has brought his high energy live show to concert halls and clubs such as Tipitina's in New Orleans, Harlem's Apollo Theater, The Hammersmith Odeon in London and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Hugh's second album "Road To Freedom" was called one of 1992's Top Ten Albums by Billboard Magazine. Grayson's songs have been called "poetry set to music" and his piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with rhythms of Gospel and Appalachian banjo picking thrown in for good measure." In 2010 Hugh released his long-awaited comeback album "An American Record". In the words of one writer: "Grayson Hugh has been there and back again. His story - our story - has to be heard".
Performing with Hugh is his wife singer Polly Messer, a former member of the swing band Eight To The Bar and the New York rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.

Caroline Doctorow's career boasts ten Folk Americana albums and a reputation for delivering a song with a velveteen voice.
Lee Zimmerman of No Depression says "with a rustic back porch stance that finds her akin to Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins and Lucinda Williams, she has all the makings of an understated star." Her current release I Carry All I Own" reached #12 on Folk Radio and Caroline received the honor of making both the Top 100 Folk Artist and Top 100 Folk Album list 2012. In 2006 she was nominated by WIVK Knoxville for a HEMI Award in the “Future Female Artist” category and earlier this year she was voted "Best Female Musician" by the readers of Dans Papers 2012. Her voice can be heard on the soundtrack of the feature film "Daniel" directed by Sidney Lumet  and on the soundtrack of the PBS series "Freedom, The History of Us" narrated by Katie Couric. The Long Island History Journal featured her folk song "Big Duck Ramble" in a recent volume.Ms. Doctorow hosts the monthly folk radio show on WPKN Songtrails.  She is the daughter of world renowned author E.L. Doctorow.


Thursday, March 28th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER @ Bridge Street Live

9 pm
41 Bridge Street
Collinsville, CT 06022
USA
(860) 693-9762
Price: $20, $30

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER @ Bridge Street Live
41 Bridge Street, Collinsvile, CT 06022 (860) 693-9762
THURSDAY MARCH 28, 2013 - 9pm showtime
Tickets $20, $30


For tickets, directions & further details: http://41bridgestreet.com/calendar/index.php?id=319

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, blue-eyed soul legend and pianist Grayson Hugh is known for his global mega-hits (Talk It Over, Bring It All Back, How 'Bout Us) as well as his songs in blockbuster movies Thelma & Louise and Fried Green Tomatoes. Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world for more than two decades. His 1988 debut album, Blind To Reason, went gold in the U.S. & overseas, and his follow-up release, Road To Freedom, was called one of the year's best albums by Billboard Magazine.


His songs have been called "poetry set to music" and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix."


Performing at Bridge Street Live with Grayson is his wife and harmony singer Polly Messer, a former member of the swing band Eight To The Bar and the New York-based rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.


In 2010 Hugh released his long-awaited comeback album, An American Record. Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was moved to write: "In a world where music is often a brittle artificiality, the music he makes is hard and strong, convicted and convincing. And true. Most of all, true. It's there in the gritty lament of his voice, in the roughhouse eloquence of his piano, and the atmospheric poetry of his words. He has that thing Sam Cooke and Ray Charles had, that thing you still hear sometimes in Bruce Springsteen, that lonely, train whistle in the dark thing, that yearning, keening thing that gets right to the heart of what it means to be alive, what it means to be a human being. This is 'An American Record'. Some of us are glad the wait is over at last."

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH wiht POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

6:30 pm
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: No cover, but be sure & reserve a table!

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

Live @ Smokin With Chris

59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.

CT's Best Barbecue & Live Music Place!!
No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133



Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and RCA/MCA Recording Artist Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", his hits from radio and films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is a critically-acclaimed restaurant featuring some of the best live music around and amazing barbeque and southern cuisine.



"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy?
 No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)



"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 21,2010)

For directions & menu:  http://smokinwithchris.com/

To read Connecticut Magazine's article:
http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/August-2012/Music-Food-Perfect-Pairings/

Friday, February 15th, 2013

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER Live @ The Town Crier Cafe

8:30 pm
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
USA
(845) 855 1300
Price: $20

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh will be appearing @ The Towne Crier Cafe, 130 Route 22, Pawling, NY on Friday February 15, 2013. Showtime is 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
Performing with Grayson is singer Polly Messer.

"Amazing show last night!!! I always expect great music from Grayson Hugh and am never disappointed. But at last night's concert at The Katherine Hepburn Theater, he took us all up to a new level because of the musical chemistry with Polly. It's a magical blend!"
- Colin McEnroe, Host of The Colin McEnroe Show, WPNR/CPBN, April 10, 2011

For tickets, directions & details call (845) 855 1300 or go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/319460

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

V Cafe

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER : Live @ V Cafe - 7:30 pm
345 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
USA
(212) 431-5888
Price: $10 music charge

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

 LIVE @ V CAFÉ IN TRIBECA

 January 26, 2013  7:30 showtime

  V Cafe Tribeca

Vietnamese Restaurant in Tribeca, NYC

345 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013 

Music Charge: $10 Call (212) 431-5888

Grayson released his first major label album, "Blind To Reason", on RCA records in 1988 to world-wide critical acclaim. International hits from this record were “Talk it Over”, “Bring it all Back”, and “How ‘Bout Us”.  The album went Gold in the U.S. and overseas, and Grayson toured extensively in the States, Europe and the U.K. in support of this record.

Grayson's second major-label release, "Road To Freedom", was called one of 1992's top ten albums by Billboard Magazine. Three songs from this record were featured in hit films. Grayson's songs "I Can't Untie You From Me" and "Don't Look Back" were chosen by director Ridley Scott for his 1991 film "Thelma & Louise", and his gospel-style version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Remember You" was the end-title song for the film "Fried Green Tomatoes".  In 2010 Grayson released “An American Record”, which has received great critical reviews.Y

Come hear this internationally acclaimed artist and his wife singer Polly Messer performing in an intimate cafe while you enjoy some of the finest Vietnamese cuisine in New York.

For directions and tickets:
http://www.viet-cafe.com/

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Just Added! THE CUTTING ROOM

7:30 pm/Doors at 6 pm
44 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10010
USA
(212) 691-1900
Price: $20

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

Live @ The Cutting Room NYC

Saturday January 19, 2013

Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and pianist Grayson Hugh will be appearing at The Cutting Room on 44 East 32nd Street,  in NYC on Saturday January 19, 2013.  Showtime is 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.  Performing with Hugh is his wife and harmony singer Polly Messer, a former member of the swing band Eight To The Bar and the New York-based rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.
 Known for his global mega-hits ("Talk It Over", "Bring It All Back", "How Bout Us") and his songs in blockbuster movies "Thelma & Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes", Hugh has been wowing audiences and gathering loyal fans around the world for more than two decades.
 His songs have been called "poetry set to music" and his voice has been compared to soul legends Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. His piano playing has been called "a veritable cyclone of soul, drawing its energy from such diverse regions as the swampland funk of Professor Longhair, the testifying soul of Ray Charles, with the rhythms of African drumming and American bluegrass thrown in the mix."
 In 2010 Hugh released his long-awaited comeback album "An American Record". Don't miss this chance to see this legendary singer/songwriter in an intimate acoustic concert setting. In the words of one writer: "Grayson Hugh has been there and back again. His story - our story - has to be heard".

For tickets and further info call (212) 691-1900

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER: Live @ Smokin With Chris

8 pm
59 West Center Street
Southington, CT 06489-3533
USA
860-620-9133
Price: no cover, but reserve a table!

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GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

Our Annual Day After Thanksgiving Show @ Smokin With Chris
59 West Center Street, Southington, Ct.
CT's Best Barbecue & Live Music Place!!
Friday, November 23 - 8pm - 11pm.


No cover charge - but there's limited seating -
BE SURE TO RESERVE A TABLE! (860) 620-9133
for directions & details: http://smokinwithchris.com/


Here is a rare opportunity to hear internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and RCA/MCA Recording Artist Grayson Hugh and singer Polly Messer perform some of Grayson's new songs from his new release "An American Record", his hits from radio and films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" and previously unreleased songs, in an intimate, acoustic setting. CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Smokin With Chris is a critically-acclaimed restaurant featuring some of the best live music around and amazing barbeque and southern cuisine.

"Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade who excites me as much as this guy?
No." (Leonard Pitts Jr., 2004 Pultizer Prize winner, writing in The Miami Herald, Nov. 18,1992)

"With 'An American Record', the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story – our story – has to be heard."
(Bob Doerschuk, CMAworld, May 21,2010)


for directions & details: http://www.smokinwithchris.com/

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

GRAYSON HUGH & THE MOON HAWKS Live @ Infinity Music Hall

A Musical Feast: GRAYSON HUGH & THE MOON HAWKS - 8 pm
20 Greenwoods Rd W
Norfolk, CT 06058
(860) 542-5531
Price: $35 and $25

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Grayson Hugh & The Moon Hawks in a Musical Feast - the day before Thanksgiving show - Wed. Nov. 21rst 2012 at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, Ct.

Grayson's new band The Moon Hawks consists of Vini Miranda on guitar, Cindy Rickmond on bass and vocals, Jon Peckman on drums and Polly Messer on vocals. Playing with Vini and Cindy again is a bit like a family reunion; they toured with Grayson in the nineties and Cindy contributed vocals on his 1992 "Road To Freedom" album. They also performed in Grayson's video "Soul Cat Girl", which was filmed in 1992 in Los Angeles by director Sam Bayer (who also directed videos for Nirvana, Robbie Robertson, Green Day and others). Vini Miranda has performed with Joe Cocker, Little Steven Van Zant, Freddie Jackson and Eminem. Cindy Rickmond has composed music for film and TV, and performed with Unknown Gender, Eric Mingus, Richard X. Heyman and Chris Rael's Indo-pop group Church of Betty, among others. Jon Peckman has lent his unstoppable groove to such diverse artists as Danny Kortchmar, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood, and bands Eight To The Bar, Guitarness, Acoustica and Sweeter Than Wine. Singer Polly Messer, besides having harmonized with Grayson since the early 80's, is a former member of Eight To The Bar and the rockabilly band Eugene Chrysler.
Tickets are $35 and $25.
To purchase tickets and for further details: http://www.infinityhall.com/events/grayson-hugh-and-the-moon-hawks/

Friday, November 9th, 2012

MUSIC AT THE MEETINGHOUSE

7:30 pm
949 Main Street
South Glastonbury, CT 06073
USA
(860) 633-4561
Price: $20

The Congregational Church in South Glastonbury Present
GRAYSON HUGH with POLLY MESSER

In A Special "Music At The Meetinghouse" Concert      

Just Back From Their European Acoustic Tour 2012!

Friday November 9, 2012 - 7:30 pm showtime
SOUTH CHURCH
949 Main Street
South Glastonbury CT 06073
(860) 633-4561

Tickets $20
http://www.southcongregational.org/

Tickets also available at So. G Coffee Roasters
882 Main St. South Glastonbury CT,
or at door the night of the concert.

Proceeds to Benefit Youth in Mission Program


Thursday, August 28th, 2014

"BACK TO THE BEACH" CAROLINA TOUR, TJ's NIGHTLIFE

7:30pm
4801 Leigh Drive
Raleigh, NC 27616
USA
(919) 713-1300
Price: Members $10 In Advance/$12 At The Door; Guests #13 In Advance/$15 At The Door

Join Blue-Eyed Soul Legend GRAYSON HUGH as he joins forces with the renowned blues & boogie band JIM QUICK & COASTLINE in the BACK TO THE BEACH CAROLINA TOUR

First Stop - THURSDAY AUGUST 28th - TJ's Nightlife, 4801 Leigh Dr, Raleigh, NC 27616.

7:30 PM

Members $10 In Advance/$12 At The Door.

Guests #13 In Advance/$15 At The Door.

For Advance Tickets call (919) 713-1300.