Longtime Mother Hips and Green Leaf Rustlers guitar player and singer Greg Loiacono has released a new single and video titled “What Can I Say?” It’s the third of a series of four solo singles being released by Loiacono. The song was recorded at Coyote Hearing Studios in Oakland, California, and engineered by Charles James Gonzalez. Scott Hirsch mixed the song, and Anthony Puglisi mastered it. The track is accompanied by Gonzalez, Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave) and Emilie Raines.
Greg’s been on a bit of an R&B/soul kick lately, as also heard on his recent duet with Jamie Drake, “Bound To Fall.” Beautiful piano work from Raines, paired effortlessly with Loiacono’s falsetto crooning. The song is heartfelt and relatable, with the aforementioned falsetto singing displaying vulnerability and tenderness. Being a guitar rocker, the restrained sensibility of the whole piece showcases the range, dynamics and discipline of Loiacono’s writing capabilities.
“The song has one of those melodies that comes in the middle of the night. When this happens, I get out of bed and start humming and strumming very quietly as not to wake anyone in the house,” Loiacono told Relix Magazine who premiered the track. “As ‘What Can I Say?’ formed, the delicate singing style kept working with the melody and the pleading lyrics, so I opted to sing falsetto. The amount of Curtis Mayfield I was listening to during that time probably influenced the style, as well. A lot of us have been in a situation where we have asked for forgiveness even when we knew we probably wouldn’t get it. Sometimes you gotta put yourself out there regardless of the outcome.”