Tyler Grant, National Flatpicking Champion and alummus of Emmitt/Nershi Band and Drew Emmitt Band, returns to Harvest Fest with his own group. “Grant Farm performed their rock/country sounding arrangements with fury and precision. The reason I use the word “arrangements” as opposed to “tunes” or “jams” is out of respect for the technical organization of the music…The hair stood on my arms as as Tyler dug into some mind-blowing guitar work. I was very impressed with Grant Farm’s set.” - Music Marauders
Where: Harvest Music Festival - Harvest Stage
When: Saturday, Oct 19, 1PM-2PM
Grant Farm from Boulder, CO will make its Harvest Fest debut on October 19, 2013. Guitarist and bandleader Tyler Grant is no stranger to the festival, having performed at the inaugural fest in 2006 as a member of the Drew Emmitt Band, and then again in 2009 and 2010 with the Emmitt/Nershi Band.
Since Grant Farm went full-time in 2010 the band has toured all across the country and played premier festivals such as Suwanee Springfest, SCI Horning's Hideout, The French Broad River Festival, Riverfront Nights in Chattanooga, TN, Yarmonygrass and Bohemian Nights New West Fest.
Grant Farm is touring in support of their self-titled debut CD, making stops in Dallas, Austin, Baton Rouge, Mobile and Memphis en route to Mulberry Mtn. They are preparing to record a follow up, Colonization, to be released Spring 2014. Grant Farm rhymes with "Ant Farm." Get it? It is a reference to our industrious nature, and the strength of our colony.
Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant, the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The Grant Farm train stops at all the stations on North American roots music line, and is not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. After several solid seasons of touring Coast-to-Coast behind their eponymous debut CD, Grant Farm (Grant Central Records, 2012) audiences everywhere are a-buzz with the Roots, Rock and Cris-Co statement that Grant Farm brings to every performance.
Former members of The Drew Emmitt Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band and Hot Soup, these fine young players have been featured on stage with the likes of The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet, Head For The Hills, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Dumpstaphunk, Tony Rice, Larry Keel, Keller Williams, Jon Oates, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Disco Biscuits, Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan.
The seeds of Grant Farm were planted in 2009 by Tyler Grant and Andy Thorn. Tyler was fresh off the boat from Nashville, TN and Andy from Chapel Hill, NC. The duo found themselves in Boulder, CO as members of The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and were eager to showcase some of their original music. When Tyler gave his notice to ENB at the end of 2010 he was driven to make a bigger statement with his music so he dusted off his Telecaster, rounded up a core band, plugged in, turned up, and watched the sprouts of the Grant Farm concept grow.
With the help of Thorn and stellar bassist Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident, the electric Grant Farm started rehearsing in early 2011. Their concerts in Denver, Boulder and the mountains beyond caused a ripple in the local music scene that led to some fine festival plays the following Summer, including Yarmonygrass, Four Corners Folk Festival, NedFest, Fort Collins Bark n’ Bluegrass, Riverfront, and Harvestival. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin’ jam-tastic concept fully formed, Grant Farm prepared to annihilate audiences across the country. Look for them Spring and Summer 2013 at a Festival near you. C'mon, it's PLOWIN' TIME!
Tickets for Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival are still available on the official website.
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