Grant Farm / Dustin Pittsley / Marcus Words
- Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, 8 p.m.
- The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
THE GRANT FARM is a refreshing harvest of a band from the fertile Front Range of Colorado. This much-anticipated four-piece represents the fruition of the efforts of National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant, one of the hottest and best-known guitar players on the scene today. Tyler was a member of The Drew Emmitt Band and The Emmitt-Nershi Band from 2005 until 2010 when he went on his own to pursue his calling as a bandleader. In Grant Farm he is partnered with dynamic drummer Chris Misner, also of the Drew Emmitt Band and Bill Nershi’s Blue Planet. The quartet is completed by funky phenom Adrian “Ace” Engfer on bass and the prodigious Sean Foley on keyboards. Grant Farm has established a movement based on their connection to roots music of all kinds, devotion to their fans and family, and their brilliant performances of Rocky Mountain Rock and Roll.
GRANT FARM is a band on a mission. Tyler, Chris, Ace and Sean are experienced players of renown in their own right, but as a unit they form a greater whole, and are working hard to grow into the best band that they can be. Members of Grant Farm have been featured on stage with the likes of Leftover Salmon, 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. The Grant/Thorn duo quickly grew into a bluegrass/new acoustic quartet and were well-received by the hungry Colorado music fans. 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, started a conversation with the experienced and equally driven Misner, 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, Fort Collins Bark n’ Bluegrass, Riverfront, and Harvestival. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin’ jam-tastic concept fully formed, Ace and Sean were brought on board to bring the band into 2012, road-ready and fully capable of annihilating crowds across the country. An eponymous debut CD will be released on Grant Central Records in January 2012; a Winter harvest of fine original music planted and nurtured by the industrious Grant Farm.
The Dustin Pittsley Band is a jam rock/blues genre trio featuring acclaimed Oklahoma guitar monster Dustin Pittsley and his rhythmn section of Red Dirt veterans Donnie Wood and Doug Wehmeyer. Power trio akin to Cream or the original Gov't Mule.
Blessed with an insightful soul and an abundance of talent, Marcus has been amazing crowds in St. Joseph, MO venues for over a decade. Upon relinquishing electric bass and backing vocal duties, Marcus picked up an acoustic guitar and began writing his own material. What resulted was a unique brand of pop, mixed with funk and rock, that combined to provide a musical foundation for his powerful, soulful vocals. Marcus is a musician whose talent leaves you no choice but to remember and come see again and again.