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STAR INTERVIEW…..DAVID GRISSOM

Posted: December 5, 2016 in Blues, ROCK

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DAVID GRISSOM STAR INTERVIEW

Hi David,
Thanks for taking the time to conduct this interview today
When was the moment you “knew” you had to get an electric guitar?

When I heard “Got to Get You Into my Life” off Revolver

What was the first record you bought ?

Revolver

Who was the first major band you saw live ?

 Steppenwolf.

Who performed the greatest live gig you saw ?

Hard to pick one….but, Jeff Beck at a club in Austin around 1999…….

What are the landmark records that shaped your guitar playing?

BB King Live at the Regal

Allman Brothers at Fillmore East
Wes Montgomery Movin’ Wes
Roy Buchanan 1st two albums

Which musicians most influenced your learning curve?

Duane Allman, Wes Montgomery, Norman Blake, and Jeff Beck

How did your Family react to you not pursuing the perceived  “proper job”?

Enthusiastically

What was the break that allowed you to turn Professional?

Moving to Austin, getting into Lucinda Williams band which led to Lou Ann Barton’s band then Joe Ely

How and why did you make the transition from sideman to frontman ?

I just wanted to play my songs, and at the same time, the sideman thing started to change. I still love doing sideman gigs, but the good ones are not as prevalent. And……Really getting to stretch out on my own tunes is so rewarding

As a musician, which records are you most proud to have been part of.?

I’m proud of most everything I’ve played on, but the ones that come to mind right now are the 4 Buddy Guy records I played on, all the Joe Ely, James McMurtry, and John Mellencamp stuff, John Mayall, and my solo records

How does musical inspiration come to you ?

Without any rhyme or reason…….randomingly…….yet all the time if you’re really mindful. For me it’s a practice and process of being open to whatever the muse sends you that day. 

As a songwriter, which of your songs are you most proud ?

What Passes For Love and Good Day For The Blues have held up really well, and I think What Passes is more relevant now than when I wrote it. I really like Never Came Easy To Me, Gift Of Desperation, Final Rendezvous, Skimming the Surface, and Satisfied (which I wrote with Chris Stapleton).

How does your Recording rig differ from your Live rig?

More pedals 🙂

What is your studio approach to recording guitars?

Keep it really simple. Good amp and cab, one good mic and pre. My 30 watt PRS DG Custom amps have made getting a good tone even easier.

Any guitars you wish you still owned ?

Yes……I had a ’59 burst and a ’57 start that got away…..c’est la vie

What is the best advice you have been given?

“Play gigs, just play gigs” from Pat Metheny

Have you had any spinal tap moments onstage?

Of course……Recently doing an ACL taping they tested some pyro at sound check and some kind of residue got on my guitars. When the taping started my hands started sticking to the neck and strings. That was a bit of a challenge 

Who has made you starstruck when you met them ?

Maybe Mick Jagger…….

In these difficult times to be a musician, how do you keep your career going?

What else am I going to do? I do this because I have to……I love it

OK David, last question:
all family are safe, but your house is burning down!!You can only save ONE item….what would it be?

Family photos or my main PRS DGT  guitar, which has become more valuable to me than anything vintage

Huge thanks to DAVID GRISSOM today for answering my questions, and I hope you the readers enjoy the answers as much as I do.It has been a huge honour to have worked with David on the “Best Band of the Day” and the “STAR INTERVIEW”

Go to the website DAVID GRISSOM.COM and buy his cds, go and see his shows and immerse yourself in the music of a Master Craftsman.

Interview by ADRIAN FISHER

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TEXAS SPECIAL…………………..DAVID GRISSOM

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David Grissom has toured and recorded with John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville,The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, Bob Schneider and John Mayall among many others. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Shannon Curfman and Storyville,to name just a few. Over the years, he has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines several times.

David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. Playing first with Lucinda Williams, he then joined Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985, touring and recording nonstop until 1991, when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made three records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Austin to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Storyville released two CD’s for Atlantic Records,which were well received at various rock radio stations. Since 2000, David has divided his time between recording sessions, including the last three Buddy Guy CD’s, among scores of other releases, touring with the Dixie Chicks, Bob Schneider and also playing hundreds of his own gigs, while still finding time to produce his CD’s and two releases for Ryan Beaver.

In 2007 Paul Reed Smith Guitars introduced the DGT, David’s signature model guitar, which represents the culmination of a 25 year relationship working with Paul on the design and improvements of their guitars from a touring/session players perspective. David’s two PRS signature amps the DG-Customs, were just released in the Fall of 2013. David makes frequent appearances around the world giving guitar clinics and performing for PRS with their other artists, such as Orianthi, Brent Mason and Santana at NAMM, Musikmesse-Europe, Experience PRS-Japan / U.S., among various other shows.

David has three prior solo releases, “Loud Music”, “10,000 Feet” and “Way Down Deep” which was released in 2011. His fourth CD, “How It Feels To Fly” includes eight new original songs recorded in studio and four extended live cuts, of which two find David paying homage to fellow hometown guitarist, Billy Gibbons with a blistering version of the Z.Z. Top classic “Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings”and the other, to his ex-band mates the Allman Brothers with a spot on performance of “Jessica”. “How It Feels To Fly”  shows David confidently settling into the role of bandleader and solo artist, fitting nicely with his well established Guitar Slinger reputation.

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I had the pleasure of a holiday in Austin Texas during October 2016, and was lucky enough to catch David Grissom live at the Saxon Bar on 3 occasions.I could not believe that such a world class musician and his equally talented band were tearing people’s heads off with the music they were playing……at tea time….For Free !!!!

Using his signature PRS DGT Guitar  and  PRS GRISSOM AMPLIFIER, David Grissom’s guitar tone is so thick, you can stand your pint on it, but the clarity is there too.

The first night I only caught the last 30 mins, but that was enough time for me to start picking splinters out of my chin as my jaw hit the deck time after time.

The second night saw the addition of guitarist Carter Arrington, whom I thought was there to play rhythm.Wrong !!!!!Carter is a world class player in his own right and now I was getting two for the price of none !My chin now needing scaffolding.Complementing all of this is bass player Scott Nelson who gets enough limelight to show he too is a class act.

Here is a selection of songs showcasing the talent of DAVID GRISSOM

 

WHAT PASSES FOR LOVE .. STORYVILLE

From the Album: A Piece Of Your Soul and based around a Texas shuffle,this song features the trademark Grissom open string riffs which fill the song with sound.The twist and turns in this song allow Grissom to infuse the instrumental sections with impeccable taste throughout.Great vocal performance from Malford Milligan, giving the song a soulful quality.

GOOD DAY FOR THE BLUES….STORYVILLE

Tasty acoustic intro kicks this song off for the first verse before the full band hits with a gorgeous groove full of punch and melody. A reference to BB King in the lyrics encourages David Grissom to pull off a great BB-style guitar solo. I was lucky enough to be there when Milligan got up with the DG Band and did this song live. What a great song from a great band.There’s the added bonus of the David Grissom solo version on his album “10,000 FEET” which has a more bluegrass sound to it.

NEVER CAME EASY TO ME

Swampy-sounding tune from the album “How it Feels To Fly“.David Grissom is synonymous with virtuoso guitar playing, but on his albums he concentrates on songwriting.Sure, the guitar playing always amazes, but his albums showcase what a fine lyricist/singer/songwriter he is.You can tell he takes time to get the lyrics right for the song, which is always King.

WAY DOWN DEEP

Title track of the same named album, Way Down Deep begins with a nice Beatles -Esque opening guitar chord leading to a funky guitar motif.Then the filthiest of texas swamp guitar oozes from the speakers, sparking the song into true texas style action with a guitar sound thicker than Rio Grande mud !!The textures of the guitar solos weave between grit and beauty to keep things interesting, showcasing why David Grissom is a world class talent.

SKIMMING THE SURFACE

From the album “WAY DOWN DEEP”

Very funky instrumental featuring a riff guitarists would have nightmares trying to decipher !!The studio version is great but check out the live versions which are usually double the length and enable David to really stretch out and show an incredible depth of influences in his playing.

TAKE ME BACK TO TEXAS.

A sentimental choice for me with this song.I had an amazing time in Austin TX and this song echoes many of the sentiments I feel every time I hear this tune.I look forward to going back to Austin next year and hope to catch more shows from the truly awesome

DAVID GRISSOM !!!

PS !! STAR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID GRISSOM COMING NEXT

ADRIAN FISHER

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