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Monday, 03.10.2016, 20:20
oh what a night...
Grant-Lee Phillips
With two names of U.S. Civil War generals making up his first name,
he must be from the good old USA.

You’re right. And wasn’t there a great band with half his name gigging around Hollywood in the early to late nineties, achieving the noble but hard-to-pay-the-rent cult status? Grant-Lee Buffalo, you’re right again. But did you know Grant-Lee’s also a registered member of the Creek Native American Tribe on his mother’s side, paternally, he’s both Blackfoot and Cherokee and a direct descendant of those who walked the Trail of Tears?

He’s a country-folker and a midnight talker. Fitted with a powerful physical and musical presence that dominates any space, he went solo in 2000 and benefitting from incessant touring and recording, he honed his craft to heights you will be benefitting from. Heavily favoring the acoustic guitar, this singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and film composer was awarded «Best Male Vocalist Of The Year, 1995» by Rolling Stone Magazine. They love him in Europe and Grant-Lee knows it: «thank everybody who’s been following my journey from theband daysuntil today and my new album «The Narrow».I know there been some hair raising benders around some corners but the fact that so many folks have been loyal and faithful, old and new fans who came aboard, it just means the world to me.» Humble words from a well-travelled colossus of true blue Americana. We sometimes forget how easy it is to lose your way on tour.

This year’s new album features 13 songs with slow tempo ballads like “Yellow Weed” and «Holy Irons» that will make you lean towards him. «Nashville», like all of his songs, deliberately avoids any kind of overt polishing. Blind faith support on the album came from Jerry Roe on drums and Lex Price on bass.

I’ve been to the end of the earth. I’ve been to the end of the waters. I’ve been to the end of the sky. I have been to the end of the mountains. I have found none that are not my friends. (North American Indian proverb).

You can raise your glass to that.

el Lokal