Fronted by Bre Gregg (vox) and Dan Gildea (guitar), Red Bird’s sound is led by powerful yet tender vocals interspersed with mind-bending guitar features. Bre and Dan are magic together organically sharing the lead in a way that enhances both. Jeff Langston (bass) and Charlie Doggett (drums) are a force to be reckoned with, creating driving rhythm you will feel. Dancing between blues, soul and roots, their sound is both electrifying and intimate. You will be transported to a Chicago Blues club, but somehow feel you are listening in your best friend’s living room.
Bre is known for her complete vulnerability on stage, captivating even the coldest audience. Her writing is filled with joyful, painful and deeply honest feelings about her experiences being human on this crazy planet…something we can all relate to. Leaving a Red Bird show you will feel energized and inspired, somehow feeling as though these songs were written just for you.
Although Red Bird has only been performing in Portland for the past year, they have already made an impact. Notable performances include the Peninsula Art Center, No Vacancy Lounge, the Lake Theater, Washington State Fair, Kahneeta resort and O’Connor’s Vault with appearances on Good Day Oregon (Fox 12), Portland Radio Project, Marti’s Music Kitchen, and a recent feature article in Oregon Music News. They just released their first album, All My Love, in October 2018, and have two Rye Room music videos releasing in November 2018.
The next step for Red Bird is to build on the momentum they have started in the Portland area with regional touring, and partnering with bands to put on larger shows. They are currently writing music for their next album with recording set to start in the spring, and in the new year have shows planned for Salem, Eugene, Boise, ID and the Seattle area. If you want to find out where Red Bird is next, visit www.redbirdband.com, www.instagram.com/redbirdsoul and www.facebook.com/redbirdsoul.
Bre Gregg is wildly soulful. When she opens her mouth you hear a rich musical history of back alley clubs filled with visceral blues, deeply authentic soul and smoky jazz. Her voice is technically superb, but her ability to connect with the music and her audiences make her performances profoundly intimate. Bre was born into a family of musicians, and was singing before she could talk. After a degree in music, followed by study and performance in Italy, New York and California, she moved to Portland and spent the next few years entering the music scene and releasing her first CD, On the Wind. Bre’s latest album, Something to Talk About, was recorded at a live tribute to Bonnie Raitt featuring top NW talents Lisa Mann, David Jacobs-Strain, Ara Lee, Shelly Rudolph, Mark Bowden, Anne Weiss, Rich Landar and Dan Stueber. Red Bird features Bre’s original music and her signature powerhouse vocals combined with the mind-bending lead guitar features of Dan Gildea.
Dan Gildea is well-known as one of the most in-demand and versatile guitarists in the Northwest. Combining the blistering chops of a Wes Montgomery with the bluesy soul of a Robert Cray he plays and records with well known Northwest artists ranging from pop singer/songwriter Stephanie Schneiderman, jazz singer/composer Mary Kadderly, and legendary jazz drummer Mel Brown, to B-3 master Dave Fleschner, the ensemble Rocktet, and his own trio. Formerly immersed in New York City’s “Downtown” progressive jazz scene, while studying for a degree at New York’s City College, Gildea led a trio playing club dates.
Jeff Langston started playing bass at age 16 in Eugene, OR. In 1992 he moved to Boston, MA to study Music Performance at Berklee College of Music. While there he earned an ‘Outstanding Performer’ award and scholarship (1995). In 1996 he moved to NYC where he has since played a wide variety of venues ranging from small clubs to Carnegie Hall with many diverse artists including LP, Shawn Colvin, Bobby Hebb, David Lowery, Roger McGuinn, Phoebe Snow, and many more. Jeff has been involved with Antony and the Johnsons since 2001. He recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest and when not playing with the Johnsons, look for him with Holcombe Waller, Rachel Taylor Brown, and of course the wonderful Midnight Honey.
Charlie Doggett, a native Oregonian, began violin lessons at age 8 and later switched to drum set. Mostly self-taught in his early years, he started playing professionally as a teenager and later received formal instruction, through scholarship, at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Charlie relocated to Portland in 2000 and has since performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, West Coast, Canada, and Europe. He is a longstanding member of Upper Left Trio, David Friesen Trio and Quintet, Superjazzers, and the Jessie Marquez Group, to name a few. Additionally, Charlie has had the privilege of performing or recording with artists including Charles McPherson, Randy Porter, Ralph Bowen, Rich Perry, Dave Frishberg, John Gross, John Stowell, Poncho Sanchez, Darrell Grant, David Goldblatt, Obo Addy, Titos Sompa, Eugene Symphony, Javon Jackson, Esperanza Spalding, Larry Koonse and Mordy Ferber.
“Just interviewed my favorite Portland band! If you like the music of Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Patsy Cline or Nina Simone, you will love Red Bird’s music.”
— Stephanie Kralevich, More Good Day Oregon (Fox 12)
“She is bluesy, plaintive, sassy and fun! Bre Gregg and the talented gents that form Red Bird will leave you wanting more at night’s end.”
— Teri Briggs, Portland Radio Project
“I loved hearing Red Bird play...the band is killer and Bre's vocals are insane! ”
— Ashley Kervabon, #Women Crush Music
“She’s got this great voice, forceful one minute, tender the next, controlled yet simmering with feeling.”
— Holly Johnson, Oregon Music News
“Bre Gregg’s original music and her signature powerhouse vocals combine with the mind-bending lead guitar features of Dan Gildea to create music you’ll not soon forget. From the moment they take the stage, you are transported to a Chicago Blues club, and you’re hearing that music hit your ears. ”
— Bill Svendsen, Peninsula Art Center
“Bre Gregg is a powerful lead vocalist with a gift for phrasing and a deep feeling she is communicating right from the soul.”
— Robert Richter, Host of Local Roots KMUZ-FM