Thu, Nov 18 | Sacramento

David Grier

One of the country's top flat pickers. David has taken the Clarence White style of picking up a notch. There are none better.
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David Grier

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Nov 18, 7:00 PM
Sacramento, 2900 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA

About the Event

David  Grier’s journey to becoming one of the greatest flatpick guitarists in  the world started at a young age at the feet of Bluegrass legend, Bill  Monroe.David Grier’s father Lamar Grier, was a member of “Bill Monroe’s  Bluegrass Boys” in the mid-1960s. Throughout his childhood, David spent  hours listening to Monroe as well as many other prominent pioneers of  Bluegrass music. Among the most influential to him were flatpick  guitarists Clarence White, Tony Rice and Doc Watson. David Grier quickly  found a strong passion for guitar and began to develop what is now his  own world-renowned distinctive style.In 1985, David Grier moved to Nashville, TN and began touring and  recording with established acts such as “The Country Gazette” and  International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Hall of Famer, Doug  Dillard. He also formed the band “The Big Dogs” with Andrea Zonn and  genre-bending banjo player, Tony Trischka.In 1988, David began recording a series of critically acclaimed solo  albums for the Rounder Records label. It was these recordings that  pushed David to the forefront of the Bluegrass scene and brought him  three IBMA Guitar Player of the Year awards.In 1996, David became a hero of the contemporary acoustic music scene  when he collaborated with former members of the David Grisman Quintet,  Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and Todd Phillips. Together, they created the  contemporary Bluegrass band, “Psychograss”. This group set the tone for  innovative and forward-thinking acoustic music.In 1998, David launched his own record label, Dreadnought Recordings.  Under this label, he released albums, “Hootenanny” with Dirk Powell and  Tim O’Brien; Highly-acclaimed “Live at the Linda” (2007); “Evocative”  (2009) featuring Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin, and Stuart Duncan; “I’ve  Got the House to Myself” (2002), and “Fly On The Wall” (2014).In 2000, David was recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of  the “Artists of the Decade” and his solo album "I've Got the House to  Myself" was included in the "100 Essential Acoustic Guitar Recordings of  All Time." He has also played on four Grammy Award-winning albums (True  Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe; The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison  Brown’s Fairweather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel).Recently, David assembled an all-star Bluegrass quartet, “The Helen  Highwater String Band” in collaboration with Mike Compton, Shad Cobb,  and Missy Raines. With this project, David discovered another side of  his artistry through songwriting and singing.On his newest upcoming album, “Ways of the World”, David showcases  his vocals for the first time on five original songs. The new album is a  brilliant example of David’s expansive capability and artistic  evolution. He continues to captivate listeners with exciting new  material while keeping traditional virtuosic flatpick guitar at the  heart of his sound.

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