Marty Grebb Collaborates With Leon Russell On Song “Heartbreaker”

Marty Grebb collaborates with Leon Russell on song “Heartbreaker”- bluesy cut from Grebb’s acclaimed High Steppin’ album.
By: Luna Chica Records
Nov. 4, 2011 - PRLog -- (NASHVILLE – November 4, 2011) “Heartbreaker” is the latest single release off of American Roots/Blues artist Marty Grebb’s current album High Steppin’, and one of two songs on the album co-written with legend Leon Russell.

Although he most-frequently writes solo, Grebb said he knew that long-time friend and former band mate, Leon Russell, was the one to finish writing “Heartbreaker,” a song inspired by Grebb’s own life.

“I started writing ‘Heartbreaker’ and it struck me that Leon would be the perfect person to collaborate with and help me finish the song. I can’t say why, really, it was just a feeling,” said Grebb. “In the past I would never consider such a thing. In my opinion, Leon is one of America’s best lyricists, and I put him second only to Bob Dylan. But considering the musical style of this song, Leon is number one.”

Grebb continued: “The first two songs on this record (High Steppin’) were written with Leon. I had the chorus of this first one pretty much done, and scat sang a melody over the verses and bridge, and Leon wrote the rest to that. I feel very blessed that he was interested in collaborating on ‘Heartbreaker’ for the album.”

“Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind,” is the second track on High Steppin’ that was co-written with Russell.

Leon Russell had Grebb play in his band several years ago. Having worked with him, Russell knew the depth of Grebb’s musical abilities and talent and challenged Grebb to write, produce, arrange and play every instrument on his album. High Steppin’ is the result of that challenge.

High Steppin’ is Grebb’s "homage to American Blues and R&B music." It demonstrates the best of Grebb's musical and vocal style that incorporates influences of Big City Blues, Delta and Combo Styles Blues, along with a mix of New Orleans music that he was exposed to along the way. The album has been receiving accolades from legends Bonnie Raitt, Garth Hudson and Leon Russell.

Steve King, from WGN in Chicago, said this about High Steppin’’: “This is the best album I have heard in over a decade, period!”


Marty Grebb started studying and playing music at the age of eight and hasn’t stopped since then. He was a past member of The Buckinghams and Chicago, and has played for and worked with many legendary artists including Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Leon Russell – to name only a few. Marty Grebb is currently signed to Luna Chica Records in Nashville, Tenn.

For more information on Marty Grebb and to read his full bio, visit

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