WTJU presents, as part of the Prism Coffeehouse concert series:
Grant Gordy and Ross Martin
Saturday, May 13th
Doors open at 6:30 showtime 7:00 PM
Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door
Grant Gordy and Ross Martin’s are two of acoustic music’s most forward-thinking virtuoso guitarists, both of whom have deep backgrounds in the American musical vernacular. Their latest duet recording Year of the Dog combines originals from each with well-chosen covers from the bluegrass and jazz worlds in which they’ve made their homes. The duo, born of impromptu musical meetings and jams, honors its birth in spontaneity with plenty of seat-of- the-pants soloing as well as some elaborate two-guitar arrangements that recall other great guitar pairings: Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson, John Scofield and Bill Frisell, Lennon and Harrison, Rice and Blake, Garcia and Weir, and McLaughlin and DiMeola, to name a handful. Though absolutely perfect for the six-string aficionado, this musical combination is widely appealing to any music lover of new sounds and spontaneous musical sport.
Improvisation, fluency in different styles, and thoughtful arranging are also hallmarks of some of the bands in which Grant and Ross have previously made their marks. Grant held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, and currently plays in Mr. Sun with DGQ alum Darol Anger. Ross has been the guitarist in the Matt Flinner Trio, probably the best keeper-of- the-flame of the vibrant new acoustic music created by Grisman and his numerous stellar sidemen since the DGQ’s launch in the mid-1970s.
What they’re saying:
“Grant Gordy belongs to the new elite of American acoustic practitioners who are using the ever expanding envelope of musical frontiers” – David Grisman
“Ross Martin is simply my favorite guitarist” – Matt Flinner
“Grant Gordy is a special musician. While being a bluegrass musician at heart, Grant’s incredible breadth of harmonic and rhythmic knowledge from jazz, give him a strikingly singular voice on the guitar. One that’s worth your attention” – No Depression