Michael Ian Gregory

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This Nashville-based picker, sometimes compared to a revved-up Chet Atkins, has a process of cross-collaboration going with keyboardist Roger Smith of Tower of Power fame. The two musicians, one with…
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This Nashville-based picker, sometimes compared to a revved-up Chet Atkins, has a process of cross-collaboration going with keyboardist Roger Smith of Tower of Power fame. The two musicians, one with an extremely common surname, guest on each other's solo projects such as Smith's 1996 My Colors and Gregory's somewhat earlier Guitarchitecture, the latter ostensibly a showcase for the Michael Gregory Band.

Jackson is yet another quite typical English last name, one that this guitarist would seemingly have no connection with. Yet thanks to the whims of another guitarist with some overlapping identity card aspects, Michael Gregory tends to find himself confused with someone else, albeit an axeman with good chops and equipment. That would be none other than New Haven's Michael Gregory Jackson, who trimmed his name down to Michael Gregory to avoid complications with the almighty gloved one, then had to regrow the Jackson following the rising popularity of the guitarist under discussion here.