By Derek Downham
Let's hear it for Greg Cockerill, shall we?
I've always admired his playing, but since I've been playing with him for a while, I feel he brings a special breadth and fire to the table.
I call him "King of the ethereal rhythm lead".
He wears both grit and grandeur on his playing palette.
While a student of dirty blues, jazz, country and folk, in any genre he still maintains
his own flair and tone. Distinctive, but always a team player.
He basically played with a broken shoulder for a year before he finally got the surgery he had to wait for, recently.
He is also an acupuncturist, herbal medicine man, and active in martial arts, making him a zen-like badass.
We worked together on the Juno winning Ride The One album for Paul Reddick, and I implore
you to listen for his vibe and verbed-out note blankets.
He also fronts his own band, who you can catch at The Cameron House or Dakota fairly often.
Calgary is his previous home, but we are proud to have him here in Toronto.
Keep you eyes open for his name. You won't be disappointed.