One of our favorite Colorado bands, Grant Farm, will return to The Lariat Saturday, Oct. 13 for a 9 p.m. show. Fronted by national flatpicking champion Tyler Grant, the band brings together musicians with an abundance of talent that produces tight sets, versatile musicianship and outstanding vocal harmonies – Grant (guitar and vocals), Adrian Engfer (bass and vocals), Kevin McHugh (keyboards and vocals) and Sean Macaulay (drums).
The band has been busy since their last booking in Buena Vista, including a bachelor party for Engfer at The Lariat (sorry ladies) and the release of Grant Farm and Friends’ album Meeting on the Mountain Live, Volume 1, featuring recordings from the band’s Meeting on the Mountain shows featuring a Who’s Who of talented guest musicians.
Grant said he also released a new album with Robin Kessinger, another national flatpicking champ, in August, titled Kanawha County Flatpicking. The album is currently at number 16 on the Folk Music DJ chart. “We’ve gotten to know each other through teaching,” Grant said. “We recorded together last summer, and the album is a really cool time capsule of that event.”
Grant Farm has also “done a lot of touring” in recent months, including performances at the Oregon Country Fair and the Rhythms on the Rio music festival. “Right now we’re gearing up to record another album. We’ve been ready for awhile with the music, we just haven’t had the time or resources to put it out.” Grant said the album should get recorded in November and released in the spring of 2019.
The new material continues some of the themes from the band’s last album, Kiss the Ground. “The story line continues,” Grant said. “Kiss the Ground was our working man’s album,” highlighting “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. … It’s a universal thing unless you’re part of the elite.”
Grant talked about the archetypal characters in Kiss the Ground – Nestor, the Monarch King, the Wanderer – who also appear in the songs on the upcoming album along with a new character or two. “The mastermind of these characters is (drummer) Sean Macaulay,” Grant said. “We’re trying to dig into something deeper with these songs, and we’re continuing with the theme of empathy for people struggling to get by. We’re discussing the struggle, all the stress politically, sociologically and environmental issues. … We’re trying to bring some light to areas of hope in the spiritual realm.”
In addition to plans for recording and mixing the new album, Grant said the band is “ramping up for a couple of tours,” including a tour in the Northeast, which will include performances at a new WinterWonderGrass festival in Vermont. “It’s exciting. We’ve been absent from the Northeast,” Grant said. “We’re also going to the Southeast in January” to play in the Florida Keys and some Southern cities. Grant Farm also will also do a Halloween show at The Lost Lake Lounge in Denver before heading to the studio in November.
With such a full recording and touring schedule, Grant Farm may not make it back to Buena Vista for awhile, so music fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch this Saturday show at The Lariat.