TYLER GRANT Album Release Show
Wibby Brewing Presents
TYLER GRANT - Tryin' to Have a Good Time
An Open-Air Pavilion Performance & Album Release Show
DOORS 5PM | FREE SHOW 6PM
With his latest solo release, Tryin’ To Have A Good Time, Tyler Grant takes the listener on a six-string joy ride through his musical history, tracing a family line to his late father, Michael Grant, who once told his son, “Tyler, no matter what the situation, the best thing you can do is try to have a good time.”
“I had to think about that for a minute,” admits Grant, “but it turned out to be one of the most valuable pieces of advice I received from my dad.”
A National Flatpicking Champion and renowned guitarist, singer, songwriter, storyteller, producer and educator, Tyler Grant’s adventurous career has spanned the better part of thirty years, and has taken him from sideman to bandleader; young hotshot to mentor in the Bluegrass, Americana and Jam Band scenes. His sixth solo release, Tryin’ To Have A Good Time, captures the image of a life-long wanderer staking out musical roots which extend to a canopy of song, inviting the listener into a home long sought after.
“A few weeks after losing my Dad in July 2019, my Uncle Bob approached me with an idea, ‘Tyler, what if you record an album of the songs that you & your Dad played together and call it Guitars & Trains?’ This was a fine idea, but those songs had already been done, so I decided to get to work writing an album of new songs with that subject in mind.”
The lead off track, Guitars & Trains, materialized right away, and several others followed. Ease Your Mind and Joyful Song relate directly to the quote which inspired the album title. Golden Spike tells the story of a man seeking riches and the promise of a better life out west in the guise of a train song which draws influence from another musical hero, Jerry Garcia. The themes of home, life lessons and family bond are evident throughout the program.
“Not long after losing my Dad, my Cousin Dave died suddenly. He was more like an uncle-an important role model. Dave loved the classic truckin’ songs, so I revisited a song that he and I had started together years before, which became, Stack Them Eights. Dave is the main character in the song, Jerry Mack. My great-uncle Don also makes an appearance in the CB narrative as Silver Fox, while the ‘Wiggle Wagon’ rolls West along ‘The Dime’ (I-10) to ‘Shakey’ (California). These songs were mostly written in Southern California at my old family home, so that location works its way into much of the material.”
Tyler founded the Cosmic Americana band Grant Farm® in 2010. After five albums, a collaborative release w Fruition (the celebrated Meeting On The Mountain EP), eleven episodes of the Meeting On The Mountain LIVE Broadcast®, and hundreds of concerts and festival sets around the US, the band called an indefinite hiatus, seeking new directions during the “Great Pause” of 2020.
“When the shutdown began, I found myself in a place where I did not want to be a leader. I needed leadership after losing so many elder family members and the folding of the band. I needed someone or something to follow.”
Here’s where the story takes a turn. In the Spring of 2020, Scotty Stoughton, founder of WinterWonderGrass Festival, invited Grant to participate in an experiment in the Great Outdoors. Stoughton, co-owner of whitewater outfit Adrift Adventures Dinosaur, was fulfilling a vision of bringing musicians from his festivals on multi-day rafting trips to perform intimate concerts in the sublime canyons of Dinosaur National Monument on the Green and Yampa Rivers. In June, 2020, Tyler participated in the Inaugural RiverWonderGrass Expedition, along with musical pals Andy Hall, Daniel Rodriguez and Andy Thorn. This series would become the most life-changing and fulfilling page of this chapter.
“I was hooked on the experience from day one. I’ve always been an outdoor enthusiast, and this was a whole new adventure. Rafting down these pristine stretches of river, experiencing the thrill of the rapids, the majesty of the canyons, bonding with guests and crew over music and meals at the most remote, beautiful campsites, collaborating with some of my favorite musicians in a pure acoustic setting…I accepted invites to several more RiverWonderGrass Expeditions that Summer, and started hanging around the boathouse learning the ways. Scotty, his business partner Javier, and the young guides at Adrift became my leaders and I became the student again. This was a silver lining of the Pandemic, and pushed me into outdoor leadership.”
This experience inspired the wildlife conservation-themed Henry Brown, Moonlight Eyes and Wild Wolves Of The Highlands, and the semi-autobiographical, tongue-in-cheek, Midlife Crisis.
After entertaining on five RWG Expeditions in 2020, informally guide training on oar raft and Standup Paddleboard, and purchasing his own raft to participate in private expeditions, Grant returned to Adrift in 2021 to complete formal guide training. That Summer he entertained on five collaborative RiverWonderGrass Expeditions and brought his guitar on all the non-musical trips that he guided on, culminating in a nineteen-day private trip in his boat, the Canyon Wren, down the Green and Colorado Rivers at the end of the commercial season. In the Fall he forced himself back to civilization with a scroll of new stories from a season of over 1,000 miles of rowing down the river.
When not on the road, the stage, the river, or filming instructional series at the studio of JamPlay.com, Grant spends most of his time in Colorado and California, searching for that perfect combination of song and story, and practicing the heck out of the guitar.
Click HERE for the new album, Tryin’ To Have A Good Time, on Americana Vibes.
“My Favorite Flatpickin’ Man!” —Bill Nershi, guitarist, The String Cheese Incident
Critical Praise for Kanawha County Flatpicking:
“Both Guitarists are clean and precise and, of course, very inventive…If you like great guitar playing and singing, this recording belongs in your collection.” – Bluegrass Unlimited
“This master class by two flatpicking legends seemed to escape everyone’s attention. Grant, an original member of the Emmitt-Nershi Band and a sideman for Abigail Washburn, April Verch, and Kessinger, a nephew of legendary Appalachian fiddler Clark Kessinger, both were born in and to the tradition. In short, they’ll kick the asses of many more well-known names – and have fun doing it.” – No Depression
“A dazzling display of not only potent wood-and-steel driven acoustic music, but also good humor” – Acoustic Guitar
Critical Praise for Grant Farm Broke In Two:
“Grant Farm delivers an instant American classic with Broke In Two. Superb songwriting, fresh ensemble playing, and first-rate singing make this an early contender for best record of 2019.” – Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Circles Around The Sun)
Critical Praise for Earth And Wood:
“Earth And Wood is a timely reminder that the traditional bluegrass roots of Colorado’s progressive music scene are still nourishing and well-fed. I’ve been a fan of Tyler Grant’s flatpicking for more than a decade now, and though the crew that accompanies him here are mostly new to me, I’m now a fan of their knowledgeable, creative musicianship too. But Tyler’s not only a player with a great blend of finesse and strength, he has a keen ear for a cool tune, and he’s a fine singer and songwriter, too—and that makes Earth And Wood a dandy new addition to anyone’s bluegrass library.” —Jon Weisberger, IBMA Songwriter of the Year (2012)
Critical Praise for Grant Farm Kiss The Ground:
“an appropriate soundtrack to an era that bred Bernie Sanders and widespread societal discontent.” – Kiran Herbert (Relix Magazine)
Critical Praise for Up the Neck:
“Tyler Grant has emerged in recent years as one of the brightest talents on guitar, producing everything from brilliantly orchestrated guitar-contest pieces to memorable original instrumental tunes.”
“Grant plays with ample fluidity and dexterity throughout, but it is his musicality that makes this album such a treat. His lines are tuneful and melodic, ensuring that Up The Neck is a CD that will appeal to anyone who enjoys adventurous acoustic music.”
—The Bluegrass Blog
“I questioned whether to include an all-instrumental album in a top 10 list – thinking that vocals bring about a more complete package, but Tyler delivers a complete package here by incorporated solo guitar pieces, guest musicians and band arrangements – all the while with taste and class.”
—David Smith, KDUR, on the inclusion of ‘Up the Neck’ in his Top 10 Bluegrass Albums of 2010
Critical Praise for In the Light:
“Tyler Grant’s name has been popping up everywhere in the acoustic music scene over the past few years. His new CD In the Light shows why.”
—Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
“Excellent guitar playing is the lure, but there is much to like throughout.”