"TOO OLD TO REBEL AND FAR TOO YOUNG TO GIVE IN" - My Best Regret
Greg Loftus has been writing songs since the second he picked up a guitar at 12 years old. During the fall of 2007, Greg started writing country-tinged acoustic tunes while living in Providence, RI. There, he was immersed and inspired by the DIY folk scene by watching local artists like Deer Tick and Brown Bird. This is also when he was exposed to the songwriting chops of traveling troubadours like Townes Van Zant, John Prine, and Steve Earle.
In 2008 he released his self-produced debut album “No Taking Prisoners Tonight” on the West Virginia-based independent label Big Bullet Records.
“No Taking Prisoners Tonight is an incredibly solid debut effort that is sure to turn heads in the alt-country/folk scene. The full band arrangements allow Greg's acoustic driven songs to flourish into dirty rocking romps that would fit in at any rowdy country bar.” - Tucker Riggleman of Big Bullet Records
During the next few years, Greg toured the east coast and parts of the Appalachian south while based out of Boston, MA. He started booking paying gigs and more importantly, benefiting from the kinship of fellow songwriters. Greg played every show he could and self-released a couple more EP’s while slowly building a local following.
“Loftus takes the stage and the listeners go silent. He sings with an intense passion and the crowd is hooked, moving to the high-energy. Greg’s got the voice of the traveling bard singing from experience, his voice flowing with the memories of the story behind the tunes.” - Max Bowen of Citywide Blackout
When the Boston music scene eventually grew repetitive, Greg sought greener pastures. In 2011, he packed up his things and moved to Austin, TX. There he spent the next six years playing in bands and honing his songwriting skills. He formed the alt-country outfit, Carpetbagger and shared the stage with admired heavyweights like Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers, Shakey Graves, Mike and the Moonpies, and Possessed by Paul James.
In December 2015, Greg released his second full-length solo album, “Raise the Rent” and started Greg Loftus and The Ten Ninety-Nines.
“‘Raise the Rent’ displays a songwriter at his peak. Throughout the 9 tracks the band around the songwriter enables him to show his versatility and growth as a performer and musician. Loftus pens with a confidence that is equally balanced with his own questioning of self and remorse for mistakes. A glimpse into the soul of a man. If that isn’t something special and moving, well I am not sure what is.” - Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots
Austin is where Greg saw the most success as a songwriter and as a live performer. He spent his nights playing clubs and house shows, and his days building houses in the Texas heat. Naturally this found its way into his songwriting:
“There ain’t nothing like cut-rate suburban sprawl/knock it out boys so we can get paid/Marlboro lights, tall cans and adderall/Anything to get you through the day” - The Last of the Buffalo
“We know every word or every word worth knowing by the liars we aspire to be/Just a soundtrack of killing ourselves in slow motion well at least we’ll all go out in peace/well not me” - The Shenandoah Banks
The long days and longer nights started to take its toll so Greg decided to put his music career on hold. He moved back home to Cape Cod, MA, in 2017 and shifted his focus to his custom furniture and woodworking business: Narrowland Woodworks and Design.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Greg inevitably started writing music again. He released the album: “The Soft Sound of Sundown: Carpetbagger Years (2011-2015)”; a collection of unreleased songs from his time in Austin, with songs such as ‘American Bruises’ and ‘Highway 59’. In December of 2020, he began working on his first record in five years at Underground Recording in Bourne, MA. "Western Medicine" was released in October 2021.
“Loftus’ songwriting prowess has long since progressed past the point where cookie-cutter copies of other’s glories are in the cards. He has his own voice, it’s full of echoes listeners will recognize, but it’s ultimately his own. He has plenty of artistic forebears and antecedents, without a doubt, but there’s no question as well that ‘Western Medicine’ represents Greg Loftus’s writing, recording, and releasing his best songwriting yet. He sounds far from done. ” - Garth Thomas of The Hollywood Digest
Loftus is currently working on his 4th solo record with producer Eric Lichter at Dirt Floor Recording Studio in Haddam, CT. “No Kings in the Wild” is currently planned to be released in the Spring of 2024.
Greg resides in Southeast Massachusetts and when he is not making music he is walking his dogs and building things out of wood.