by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho
It would be safe to say that country music runs in Gregor Ross’s blood—the Caruthers native’s musical heritage goes back several generations. A finalist for Cumulus Media’s Nash Next Country Challenge in 2016, Ross released his first EP, Turn Up the Noise, last year, and participated in KISS Country’s $5 Summer Concert series.
KRL: How long have you been making music?
Gregor: I would say I’ve been playing for about twenty years.
KRL: What instruments do you play?
Gregor: I play guitar, although I wish I knew the piano as well.
KRL: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Gregor: My favorite is George Strait, but I’m also really into Pantera. I love all 80s country; it’s what I was raised on, but I love me some metal also.
KRL: Who did you listen to while growing up?
Gregor: I listened to a lot of George Strait, Alabama, Eddie Rabbit, and anything 80s country.
KRL: Did you always want to be a musician?
Gregor: Not really; I just wanted to work and be independent. I couldn’t hear very well growing up, so it wasn’t until later that I started playing.
KRL: What is your songwriting process?
Gregor: I usually just strum a few chords and hunt for a melody; I’m always on the hunt for a melody. And once I find it, I write a song around it.
KRL: Where have you played locally?
Gregor: I’ve played the Clovis Rodeo, the Laton Rodeo, the Wakehouse in Reedley, Jimbo’s in Clovis, Fulton 55, and plenty of private parties and benefits. Shoot, I’ve played a lot of places!
KRL: What is the best part about making and performing music?
Gregor: The best part has to be the interaction with fans; I love to play for people. Music is Life!
A couple of his upcoming performances are-Ceres Triple 7 Rodeo 6:00 p.m. on December 2, and
Bass Pro Shop Las Vegas December 16 time to be announced.
Check out more local band & musician profiles in KRL’s music section.