Welcome to the reboot of gregkoch.com. Not to be a shameless capitalist but because I do so many different things; from touring with the band, videos for Wildwood, clinics for Fishman and Fender still (here and there), instructional books and DVD’s for Hal Leonard, columns for various guitar magazines etc…there are folks that might not be aware of the myriad of CD’s, books, DVD’s, pedals, pickups and other what-nots that bear my name. So, I want the website to be a place where all things Gristly can be easily found and procured by those who wish to do so. Not that it wasn’t in the past but I was not very good at communicating with my webmaster about keeping the content fresh and the shop more user friendly. With my wife being my new webmaster, rest assured, stuff will get done regularly.
To be frank, I have been a dismal failure at keeping my appearance schedule updated on my site. I’m a regular Facebooker so my comings and goings are well documented on there but the site has been pretty outdated most of the time in terms of gigs and clinics. My goal is to make sure that all my social media and my website are in lockstep and that there should be no mystery as to where and when I can be heard doing my Gristly business. We are also starting an email mailing list that I hope one and all will sign up for so I can keep folks apprised of any new, exciting Gristly tidbits. I promise not to abuse your email addresses with a constant bombardment of propaganda but only when a tour is going to happen or a new CD or the like, would be ready for launch.
One of the new additions for the shop that folks might like to hear about would be the renewed availability of 2003’s release of “Radio Free Gristle” which was a predominantly instrumental release of progressive, rootsy laced jams with humor injected, vocal vignettes between songs giving the whole thing a maniacal, ‘radio show from hell’ vibe. Initially released on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label, the record was not understood by either the marketing people at FN nor the people at the distribution company so, without any promotional muscle from my end, the record barely got any notice and quickly got swept under the rug. I have recently negotiated buying the record back and I am excited to get this out to a new crowd of people who, understanding my particular sense of humor, might really enjoy it.
I found a small stash of old Greg Koch and Tone Controls t-shirts and have been wearing one on Wildwood videos and on some Facebook live episodes. The shirts have a cool picture of Tone Controls flying over the city of Milwaukee like space ships swooping in for the Gristly Kill. This was always a very popular t-shirt back in the day and folks have inquired about getting one so I’ve printed more up and they are now available here. Let the good times roll!!!!
I think this is a good start. I will be adding blogs regularly and will be much more involved with the site so stay tuned and thanks for all the support!!!!!