Described by Steve Smith of the New Yorker as “Early Gray”, Early Gray is a duo/band which creates an intimate acoustic sound. The band consists of classical pianist Owen Dodds, and classical guitarist/mandolinist Drake Duffer. Drake and Owen are both natives of North Carolina, and have drawn influence from being surrounded by the state's various musical spheres. Early Gray’s music ranges from improvisation to classical arrangements and original compositions. Early Gray currently splits their time between Winston-Salem, NC, Boston, MA (where Owen is pursuing a Master of Music degree) and New Haven, CT (where Drake is also pursuing a Master of Music degree).