Although it was at first a bit overwhelming to adapt to life in Shanghai, it's often harder transitioning back to the States. Luttrell tells the story of a fellow musician who was there for two years, came back to America and basically stayed in his apartment with the shades drawn for three months in a depression. "Life is very different there. Partying all night, the beautiful food you can get anytime, cheap handmade suits; Shanghai is packed with museums and plays — whatever you're into you can find it all night long."

In January, Luttrell leaves again for his third stint in Shanghai, but not before a near-nightly schedule of gigs, solo and with his trio, all around the Boston area, from Cheers to the Bell in Hand to the Stadium to the Biltmore. The upcoming trip to China can take a toll on long-term romantic relationships. "I signed up to be a musician a long time ago, and of course I'd love to be in love and have a wife," Luttrell says. "But right now I'm gonna go wherever music can take me to go, and I hope to meet a girl along the way to go with me and be on the same page."

GREG LUTTRELL | Bell in Hand, 45 Union St, Boston | December 12 + 19 + 26 @ 9 pm | 21+ | 617.227.2098

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