Gregota Records Mourns The Passing of Legendary Artist Sam Butler
Virginia Beach, VA – January 2, 2024 – It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that Gregota Records announces the passing of the late legendary Sam Butler. A cherished recording artist on the Gregota Music Label, Sam Butler’s impact on the music industry and his contributions to the label will forever be remembered. 


Blues Review Singer Haywood Gregory, who possesses pipes several cuts above average, had a hand in two of the strongest tunes, “Hit Man” and “Data Access Blues””

— The Blues Authority - Oct 2001

Play List Reviews Haywood Gregory sings clearly & in tune, giving this a decidedly different sound that standard rock inspired blues band.”

— WVKR Blues - (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Music Review Haywood Gregory is one of those guys whose vocals chops have been honed all over space and time and who, if there was any justice, would be a household name. He has a smooth, effortless strong, vocal delivery that works quite nicely with the confident, competent instrumental backing of Blues Jumpers.”

— AMZ Vol. 5 No. 9

New Single Available July 17, 2020 

Any musician alive can tell you one of the greatest thrills in life is sharing the stage with a legend. Haywood Gregory did just that and from the experience, he was inspired to pen his upcoming single, “I Ain’t Gonna Cry No More.” The blues track will be available on all major music and streaming sites on July 17, 2020. 

Before B.B. King left this earth, Haywood Gregory got the chance of a lifetime when he took the stage with the late Blues icon at the 36th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. It was a moment no amount of money in the world could buy, and from that experience came the inspiration for his upcoming release, “I Ain’t Gonna Cry No More.” It’s a silky, blues track that is sure to satisfy the pallets fans of genuine blues music near and far. 

Haywood Gregory got his start like many with Southern roots, in the church. He was just seven-years-old when he started singing, and he hasn’t stopped since. A professional by his teens, Haywood Gregory would spend his career racking up accolades that include playing not only with B.B. King but Morgan Freeman and The Soul Stirrers. This bluesman also has impressive feats in the gospel realm. In 2007, he was nominated at the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards as a producer for “Traditional Gospel Album” and “Traditional Recorded Gospel Song of the Year” for The Blind Boys of Alabama album ‘Rare Classics.’ 

Those interested in adding new blues to their playlists, featuring or even premiering “I Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” on their site, or interviewing Haywood Gregory on this site.

Performance at The Newport Jazz Festival Haywood Gregory is a tireless vocalist who belts out the “jump” numbers that are the basis of the Jordan repertory, and he also moves impressively into an occasional slow blues or ballad” - John S. Wilson

— The New York Times

Blues Access Haywood Gregory has great lung-power, chooses his shrieking spots carefully and is funny and enthusiastic.”

— The Distinctive Blues Magazine Issue 47- Fall 2001

Performance at the Michael’s Pub Manhattan -Tribute to Louis Jordan There were enough high points to be optimistic about the show’s future. Vocalist Haywood Gregory gave the lyrics an appropriately down and dirty sound. The band clicked into place for ‘Early in the Mornin” and pumped up the bass and drums to heighten the funk.” - Martin Johnson

— The New York Newsday