Boulder-based country-rock band Grant Farm will return to The Lariat this week, taking the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday. These guys are no strangers to the Upper Arkansas Valley, having played at The Lariat and Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista and at various venues in Salida. Band leader Tyler Grant said he “even played FIBArk years ago with the Drew Emmitt Band. … We love BV, and we love to play The Lariat. … Court and Robbie are awesome and have done a great job of setting up The Lariat as a nice music venue.”
Grant Farm’s jam band tendencies combine Grant’s lead and slide guitar chops with tight musicianship and melodic vocal harmonies. The band’s melding of country, rock and bluegrass influences creates music that has earned the band a dedicated following at festivals and venues around the country. It doesn’t hurt that Grant counts a national flat-picking championship among his musical accomplishments.
The band released its third album of original music, Kiss the Ground, in 2016, marking its first full-length concept album. “The album is an ode to working people,” Grant said. It addresses “the struggle that everyone in modern society faces trying to keep up with a system where we have to work too many hours and have no time to do the things that humans are meant to do – arts, recreation, family, enjoying life….
“It’s a universal thing unless you’re part of the elite. Even wealthy people are working all the time.… We as musicians aren’t exempt from that. We’re working, traveling, trying to maintain a grassroots business mindset. We’re not just playing music … there’s accounting, travel and business as well as performing.”
In 2014, the band released Meeting on the Mountain, an inspired collaboration with popular Oregon-based jam band Fruition. Grant Farm also created the acclaimed Meeting on the Mountain Live, a collaborative, live webcast concert featuring Grant Farm as the house band and Grant as host. Episodes to date have featured Dave Bruzza of Greensky Bluegrass, Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth, The Dead Winter Carpenters and others.
“We have so much live recording from those (shows) that we might put out an album with our guests, this year possibly,” Grant said, adding that the main obstacle to releasing an album this year is a busy tour schedule that includes dates in Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and, of course, Colorado.
And the band’s good news? Well, if Grant and company seem a little extra-energized this weekend at The Lariat, it might be because they just announced a major gig Monday ‒ Grant Farm’s first performance at legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. On July 23, Grant Farm will open for perhaps Colorado’s best-known band, The String Cheese Incident. Tickets for the Red Rocks show go on sale Friday. And by the way, any band good enough to play Red Rocks is well worth catching at a quality music venue like The Lariat.