Early Gray is a duo formed by pianist Owen Dodds and guitarist/mandolinist Drake Duffer. Self-described as “modern folk”, Early Gray began as an experimental duo by two classical musicians, and what started as pure improvisation spun into fully developed vocal and instrumental compositions. Based in Winston-Salem North Carolina, Drake and Owen have drawn influence from being surrounded by the state’s various musical spheres.
Early Gray’s debut album, Paint the Windows, was released in 2017, with another full-length record anticipated in 2022. They have appeared in venues such as Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater, New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, Carrboro NC’s Cat’s Cradle, and Elkin’s Reeves Theater as guests of The Martha Bassett Show. They have collaborated with artists including Gabriel Kahane and Tanner Porter.