Grant Farm review…June 12, 2019…..

GRANT FARM

BROKE IN TWO

GRANT CENTRAL RECORDS

MORNING TRAIN–THE GOLDEN CHARIOTEER:–ARJUNA THE BELIEVER–FORWARD ON–RIVER STYX–NESTER–LOVE AND PAIN–TUMBLEWEED–LIVE OF RILEY–SALMON SONG–BROKE IN TWO

Grant Farm was founded in 2010 by Tyler “The Champ” Grant, a National Flatpicking champion with a knack for turning a lyric.  Joining him on this latest set, “Broke In Two,” we have Adam Engfer on bass, Sean Macaulay on drums, and Kevin McHugh on keys.  All share the vocal duties, as this set explores a number of unique characters who seem to be a mainstay of this group’s prior works.

As one listens, especially if you are old-school as I am, you’ll hear elements of vintage Allman Brothers and Southern rock, and some jam band-ish nods to the Grateful Dead.  Tyler’s pickin’ prowess leads things off with the gospel-tinged clarion call to board that “Morning Train” bound for Glory!  This one was one of our favorites.  Another was the tale of the “River Styx,” told from the viewpoint of a father who believes his time ain’t long, passing on to his offspring the credo that “nothing comes without a fight,” and this is an excellent example of how this band successfully blends bluegrass and high harmonies with rock music.  “Love And Pain” fires up over a pounding blues groove, as our hero realizes he is the burden that holds down a relationship, as “she is the love, and I am the pain.”  The set closes with the ten-minute opus that is the title cut.  All the elements this band is known for are here–thought-provoking lyrics, excellent harmonies, and cohesive instrumentation that lends itself to those Dead comparisons.

With “Broke In Two,” Grant Farm delivers a dazzling, energetic set of just what the term “Americana” has come to mean.  It’s a smooth-as-a-shot-of-Jack blend of bluegrass, rock, blues and gospel that fans of all genres’ of music can enjoy!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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