Dennis McGregor started out in the 1970s with the original acid-swing group,
Natty Bumppo. His electric violin and wacky songs were a key element of their
uniquely exciting style. They were immediately discovered at L.A.'s Troubador
and were soon opening for acts like Cheech & Chong, Jimmy Buffett, The Dirt
Band and others. Every major studio in L.A. brought them in to record demos
but no one could figure out how to market their "off the wall" sound in the disco era.
After a decade and the birth of his daughters, McGregor left the music business
and moved his family to the tiny town of Sisters, Oregon. There he pursued his other love, the visual arts. Over the next decade he became nationally recognized for
his posters and prints.
Then it happened. His town started a folk festival and he got sucked back in. He started writing songs again as he watched the Festival's contest produce winners like Chuck McCabe, Darryl Purpose and Dave Carter. He entered and won the songwriting contest in 2003.
In 2004 he released his first solo CD, "most people are good" and played in the Festival's lineup. Oregon Public Broadcasting showed up to document his songs and paintings for their series, Oregon Art Beat, which aired in March 2005. Dennis continues to paint, mostly by commission, as he writes songs for his next CD.
McGregor's songs are well-loved for their humor, lyrical wit and social relevance. His finger-pickin' guitar and deep voice add to his unique mix of "jazzy folk that
lives on the outskirts of pop."