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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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“BILL LEVERTY”

Guitarist of FireHouse and Solo Artist

Bill Leverty (born January 30, 1967) is an American guitarist currently a member of the hard rock band Firehouse

Bill was born in Richmond, Virginia. His parents gave him a guitar when he was 4 years old, but when he grew up he put it aside and took up diving and ice hockey instead. When he was 15 years old, he took up the guitar again, and studied music theory in high school.

He started a band called White Heat. Auditioning for a drummer, he met Michael Foster and was impressed with him. Some time later, they hooked up with C.J. Snare and Perry Richardson, and formed FireHouse. One day, Leverty got an endorsement deal with Yamaha Guitar Development and has been playing them since.

After 15 years with FireHouse, Bill released his first solo album.

Says Bill of the launch of his solo career

“In 2004 I released my first side project Wanderlust. The album received wonderful reviews from both critics and fans. I am very grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reaction.

In December of 2007 I released my first instrumental album Southern Exposure. I played all of the instruments except drums, as I was able to bring in Michael Foster for his amazing drumming talent. The album has received many great reviews. I plan on going out and playing these songs in music stores around the world as I do clinics to demonstrate various gear that I play. Please join my Mailing List so I can send you the latest clinic tour dates.
In June of 2009 I released my first album of cover tunes. After finishing the album I realized that all of the songs had originated in the Southern United States, so I named the album Deep South after an amazing piece of artwork that my Grandfather, William G. Leverty, had created called Deep South. The music is very diverse and most of the songs were written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I’m playing a lot of instruments on this album that I had never recorded before. You can hear some sound clips on the Deep South page. I hope you enjoy the music!
In 2013, I released an album of classic cover tunes that influenced and inspired me in my youth. The album is called DRIVE. I thought it would be a great learning experience for me to go back to the songs that made me want to become a musician. I learned from not only the greatest artists and songwriters of all time, but also from the producers and engineers who made these timeless recordings. Some of these songs were number one hits, and some were songs that were so important to me in my formative years that I HAD to put them on this album. The result is an album that will show you how I started. I hope you enjoy the DRIVE.  After the release of DRIVE, I’ve been very busy working with other artists as an engineer, mix engineer, producer and vocalist on their songs. I’ve also been working on my fifth solo album. I’ve decided to release each song as soon as it’s finished. After I finish enough songs to make an album, I’ll release the album; but, in the meantime, you can keep up with my progress by getting the singles.I hope you’ll check them out on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.-

DISCOGRAPHY:
Wanderlust (2004)
Southern Exposure (2007)
Deep South (2009)Drive(2013)

Featured Songs

STRONG        

Features Michael Foster on drums, Keith Horne on bass, and Bill Leverty on vocals, guitars & keys.

Anyone familiar with Firehouse will know Bill Leverty as a virtuoso guitarist of the highest calibre,but in his solo career he takes over lead vocal duties too which are almost as good as his guitar playing.STRONG powers in with gutsy instrumentation before highlighting a beautiful bluesy groove in the verse featuring some liquid bass lines.The chorus kicks in to reveal an ultra catchy dedication to his Old Lady ,powered along by some kickass drumming.During the guitar solo Leverty delivers a thrill-a-second masterclass in taste and technique before the chorus takes us out the big finale.Wow !! what an introduction.

Boll Weevil

from his 3rd solo album, DEEP SOUTH

Quite a departure in sound and style from Firehouse.Boll Weevil has a brilliant mix of southern sweat and modern groove with, as you’d expect, great guitar tones.The vocal takes on the “megaphone” treatment and the arrangement keeps you on your toes with lots of sonic twists and turns and a surprisingly understated solo from Bill, relying on taste this time over technique, and very nice it is too.It just goes to show the depth of songwriting skills Leverty taps into outside the confines of Firehouse.

THE BLOOM IS OFF THE ROSE

Beautiful moody intro hints at a love song but this is anything but, lyrically, and the Santana-type lead lines at the start also hide the stinging lyrical content which brings to mind a myriad of lead singers I could think of with an “axle” to grind perhaps.The instrumentation is deep and menacing with a fat production which lends well to the sentiments of the song.The guitar solo is beautifully poignant, dripping with emotion

 

“My Right Mind”. (No video yet.) You can listen here:

Click the link to Bill’s website music player at the top of the home page to hear the new song “My Right Mind” a country rock flavoured tune with funky rock grooves and right-field stop/start breaks to keep things interesting, and a great vocal performance from Bill.

Tasty key change heralds another eye-watering solo featuring echoes of Schenker to take us to the end of another cooking song.

Bill Leverty is living proof that there is a healthy existence outside of the Mothership, in this case Firehouse.While the latter is a great band and still continues to function today,the last album released was in 2011, so Bill’s solo career is a chance to write and release new music in a less confined way.

I, for one am loving that and look forward to further new material from a highly talented artist.Go now to the website to experience the real thing.ADE FISHER

ps.Exclusive Star interview with Bill Leverty coming very soon.

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SARAH PEACOCK

The perfect marriage of Ann Wilson and Sheryl Crow, Sarah Peacock is a country-rock powerhouse! Peacock delivers intensity and passion, while her memorable melodies soar over heartfelt lyrics.Sarah’s song “Hurricane” won best song in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards. Her song, “Beautiful” was a winner in the 2014 Unsigned Only Competition. Sarah was also named The Listening Room Network’s Artist Of The Year,

In June she showcased at Nashville’s CMA Fest and is currently wrapping up a brand new project with Nashville producer Ken Coomer.

Albuquerque Sky (Feb, 2013) is the latest full-length studio release from Sarah Peacock. Peacock produced the entire album over 15 months, 70,000 miles, and 300 shows in various studios, homes, closets, cars, airplanes, and hotels across America in 46 different states. It was mixed and mastered in Nashville and has received critically acclaimed reviews. She released Live From The Red Clay Theatre in October 2013 with her band and continues to perform 250 dates a year worldwide. Her most notable performance last year was the CBS Morning Show in New York City (performing “Hurricane,” a tribute song to Hurricane Sandy victims).

HURRICANE   https://youtu.be/2EPFkHyAWZ4

Sarah Peacock is a rare talent these days ! Not often do you find a Singer/Songwriter who grabs you with a vocal the first few seconds you hear it, but she does it on HURRICANE. Her voice is crystal clear, articulate, but with a power and warmth of tone that can’t be taught !!! Sarah uses her voice as an instrument like  only true musicians do, and her beautiful tone never falters as she reaches falsetto highs or bassy lows. Incredible.!! She also thinks about her lyrics such as the wonderful lines

“Let your heart be thirsty ground …And I will be your rain”

HURRICANE is beautifully written and produced,a master song if ever there was one.

BEAUTIFUL    https://youtu.be/a1nqafHdueA

Nice coupling of Adorable with Ignorable in the opening verse, featuring beautiful instrumentation for the backing.

The chorus kicks into life with soaring vocals which make this such a good, commercial song.

Another great tune and vocal performance.

THE COOL KIDS   https://youtu.be/-sLaUL6ZW1o

Another great opening line “I am rubber, You are glue” !!! A heartfelt story of being excluded from the “In Crowd” or the Cool Kids. Such a great song of just voice and guitar portraying how cruel life can be sometimes to those seemingly marginalised kids, and yet kids can be cool in other ways outside of the spotlight.Awesome. !! And even cool kids can be bullied in other ways.

With a voice and talent like Sarah Peacock’s, she deserves to be a superstar.May the Man Upstairs look down on her and make things right by granting her wish !!

ADE FISHER

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