Last night, I got a chance to catch up with a good friend from my past, Greg Hosterman, who was in town with his band, Radio Radio, playing at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis. Yesterday was my anniversary, and by chance, Greg found me on Facebook (which I loathe but keep a page up just for things like this) the day before and sent me a notice that he was going to be in town. I happened to check that email account and get the notice in time, so we made plans to see the show after dinner at Automatic Slims.
The show was very good. I hadn’t heard any of the songs before, except the excellent cover of the Bowie song, I’m Afraid of Americans. Greg has been writing and performing great songs for as long as I’ve known him, and this show really showed just how much he has honed the skill to, well, an art. It was wonderful to see him getting out there and really doing something he enjoys so much and does so well. And the amazing thing is that the timing worked out so well; Greg was in Memphis 11 years ago on the day to sing at our wedding. (He did an outstanding job then, as well.) One of the best things about catching up with Greg is how he makes you feel when you are around him. He is just grounded and positive and clear-headed. I’ve always admired that about him.
Radio Radio has a couple of CDs out, including an EP that is really well done. If you are into the Killers, INXS, David Bowie, that sort of thing, you will really enjoy their music. You can buy tracks from iTunes or order the EP from their website.
I’m definitely not waiting 11 more years before I make it a point to catch up with Greg again! That’s way too long…