Episode 3: The Guitar
Well, i'm back from a fun trip out west. Good food, good music, lots of beer...mmm...beer.
Things are cookin' up nicely for the record, studio time booked, plane tickets bought, fundraising is a major concern...but one thing at a time!
I've got two great shows this week, one w/my buddy Ryan Brasher from Eleanor @ the Laughing Goat here in boulder, the other with another great friend and player Murph of Slipstream @ the Golden Hotel. Both shows are free so come say hello!
I'm also excited to be playing @ the Bluebird Theatre April 1st with The Contribution for their CD release! Made up of memebers of The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth and New Monsoon, this is sure to be a fun night!
Grant Gordy ~ The Six String Samurai
Grant has been around this scene for a while I think...and by this scene i of course am refering to the most bad-ass guitar players around scene. Grant is a BEAST on his guitar, and one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Honestly, I'm continually blown away and inspired by his playing and am REALLY excited to see what he comes up with on my songs!
He's got a solo album coming out in a couple months featuring some other monsters of rock, including, Dominick Leslie, Paul Kowart, Alex Hargreaves, Jayme Stone and David Grisman. Oh yeah, did I mention Grant is Grisman's guitar player? No? Well...now I did.
Grant Gordy took up the guitar at the age of 13 in his hometown of Portland, OR. He now calls Denver home and has been a part of the national acoustic music scene for the last several years. He cut his teeth as a working musician playing all kinds of music at all kinds of gigs around Colorado. In 2006 Grant auditioned and was selected for Edgar Meyer's "Porous Borders of Music" workshop in New York City, the culmination of which was a performance at Carnegie Hall, where Grant debuted a number of his compositions. He toured North America in 2008 with Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko and the "Africa to Appalachia Project", including dates at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Calgary Folk Festival, and a featured performance on NPR's All Things Considered. Their album won a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Best World Music Record of the Year. Recently Grant has become the newest member of the legendary David Grisman Quintet, which has played all over the country at concert halls and festivals including Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June 2009. He has shared the stage with such luminaries of the acoustic music world as Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, Darol Anger and of course David Grisman. He is quickly becoming recognized for pushing and blurring the boundaries of acoustic music in his compositions and improvisation, his assimilation of jazz influences, and his exceptional facility with his instrument.