Tressel, has, with the help of some major-league music friends, released a solid set of 12 original songs (11 written by Tressel). “The Hard Way” spans rock, country and driving blues and, thanks to the razor-fine production of studio pro Gary Mallaber, sounds fresh.Tressel is not afraid to present a stylistic multi-genre diversity that mixes country, pop, rock, blues and gospel flavorings into a cohesive, radio-friendly commercial sound. The only risk he takes is that he could become hard to categorize. Lively instrumental and vocal interplay bring rich infectious spirit to this alt-country album. Spiritually-tinged harmonies (Marcy Levy, Diane Lotny, Kara Grainger) and some horns make for tight ensemble playing that precisely wraps itself around Greg’s vocals. “The Hard Way” is a consistently enjoyable listen.