@Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Support your good local independent record stores:
Buy tickets from Jumbo Records and Crash Records
Hee Haw Sessions & Brudenell combine to bring GRANT LEE PHILLIPS (of GRANT LEE BUFFALO fame) back to Leeds.
Grant-Lee Phillips is a Californian multi-instrumentalist best known for his work under the moniker of Grant Lee Buffalo back in the 1990’s. Grant Lee Buffalo initially released the song ‘Fuzzy’ on Bob Mould’s Singles Only Label in 1992 to huge critical acclaim which led to them being signed to Slash Records. The debut LP, also called Fuzzy, was released a year later, upon which Michael Stipe of R.E.M. declared it “the best album of the year hands down”. In 1995 Grant-Lee Phillips was named the critics choice for Best Male Vocalist of 1995. A further three Grant Lee Buffalo albums followed – ‘Mighty Joe Moon’ (1994), ‘Copperopolis’ (1996), and ‘Jubilee’ (1998), they were all quite different and highly accomplished. During this time they toured with major bands such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Cranberries to name a few.
Grant Lee Buffalo disbanded in 1999 and Grant-Lee Phillips embarked on a solo career. In a career defined by risk and reflection, Phillips only just recently took on his biggest gamble, the lifelong California resident transplanted himself and his family to landlocked Tennessee, and with the wager comes new album “The Narrows”
For practically all of his time on Earth, songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips has reconciled widescreen mystery and wonder with his own experiences from a fixed vantage point. Not that California is such a myopic perch: The state whose very name implies the promise of reinvention and potential wealth encompasses such varied terrain as Stockton (the hardscrabble port town of Phillips’ birth), the now-fleeting bohemia of San Francisco, and the sprawling industry capitol that is Los Angeles.
Phillips says “It held the promise of a quieter life, something resembling my own rural upbringing in the San Joaquin Valley. And the people of the mid-south reminded me of home – my dad being from Arkansas, my mom from Oklahoma. And the soundtrack of my boyhood was so often tethered to Nashville…”
Thus far, Grant-Lee Phillips’ new home has lived up to its promise, the change of scenery producing an evocative, profound record that extends the city’s legacy of homespun craftsmanship and off-the-cuff recording methods.
Phillips concludes, “There’s a reason that Bob Dylan and Neil Young were drawn here to make seminal albums…but wherever you’re coming from, music has a way of transcending a lot of boundaries. It needs no passport, but if it did, it would have a stamp from every place on the green earth….”