Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The Grant Farm train stops at all stations on the North American roots music line, and is not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. After several solid seasons of touring Coast-to-Coast behind their eponymous 2012 debut album, Grant Farm and the 2014 follow up, Plowin’ Time (#2 JamBand Radio Charts), audiences everywhere are a-buzz with the Roots, Rock and Cris-Co statement that Grant Farm brings to every performance. In September 2014 Grant Farm collaborated with the band Fruition to release Meeting on the Mountain, an inspired EP that has reached #8 on the JamBand Radio charts and #148 on the AMA Radio Charts.
Former members of The Drew Emmitt Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Donovan Frankenreiter and Hot Soup, these fine young players have been featured on stage with the likes of The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet, Head For The Hills, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Dumpstaphunk, Tony Rice, Larry Keel, Keller Williams, Jon Oates, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Disco Biscuits, Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan.
The seeds of Grant Farm were planted in 2009 by Tyler Grant and Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon). Tyler was fresh off the boat from Nashville, TN and Andy from Chapel Hill, NC. The duo found themselves in Boulder, CO as members of The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and were eager to showcase some of their original music. When Tyler gave his notice to ENB at the end of 2010 he was driven to make a bigger statement with his music so he dusted off his Telecaster guitar, rounded up a core band, plugged in, turned up, and watched the sprouts of the Grant Farm concept grow.
With the help of Thorn and stellar bassist Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident, the electric Grant Farm started rehearsing in early 2011. Their concerts in Denver, Boulder and the mountains beyond caused a ripple in the local music scene that led to some fine festival plays the following Summers, including Northwest String Summit, Suwanee Springfest, SCI Horning’s Hideout, Yarmonygrass, Four Corners Folk Festival, NedFest, Chattanooga Riverfront, Fort Collins Bark n’ Bluegrass, French Broad River Festival, WinterWonderGrass and Campout for the Cause. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin’ jam-tastic concept fully formed, Grant Farm prepared to annihilate audiences across the country.
The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler “The Champ” Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin “Money” McHugh on keyboards and vocals. Look for them Spring and Summer at a Festival near you and for the Plowin Time album from Grant Central Records on CD, Vinyl, iTunes, and DSD Pure formats. Also check out Meeting on the Mountain on iTunes. C’mon, it’s PLOWIN’ TIME! Grant Farm, based in Boulder, boasts some of the ablest musicians not only in the state of Colorado, but in the nation. Their talent was plain to see (and hear) during their performance in our CPR Performance Studio – Daniel Mescher, Colorado Public Radio