THE GRAPE AND THE GRAIN (KINGSTON, NY) simply put, is a rock and roll band. Pulling influence from all genres, the band never stays too close to one sound. With an apparent affection for roaring 70s rock, the band has crafted a unique sound and a following in the Hudson Valley of New York as one of the premier rock and roll acts.
The band began in 2012 as a solo project for Daniel Grimsland (bassist for Woodstock, NY’s progressive rock band ‘3’). Seeking to challenge himself, Grimsland wrote, produced, and performed the entirety of his self-released debut album Better Keep Digging. The album was an impressive collection of songs that blended country with funk, hard rock, and the blues.
It wasn’t long before Grimsland recruited a band together and they started writing the sophomore self-titled album. By this time, the band gained popularity in the area and the energy at the live show was palpable. The band started experimenting with a heavier sound and a cleaner production. They recorded the album in Woodstock, NY at Applehead Recording (Coheed And Cambria, Rich Robinson, Bad Brains) and released it via Boneshaker Records in 2013.
In 2014, TGATG went through member changes that brought in Daniel Marc on guitar, MO Kelly on bass, and Steven Markota (Nightmares For A Week) on drums and promised a new sound for TGATG, pushing Grimsland and new members’ approach to songwriting into uncharted territory.
The Grape and the Grain has quickly grown from a side-project to it’s own hard working rock-solid establishment with an enthusiastic core following and no limits in sight.
Recently the band returned to Woodstock, NY to work on a their third LP, "Holy Rollin". The band chose to work at The Isokon Recording Studio with owner/operator D. James Goodwin (Craig Finn, Bob Weir, Murder By Death) who has helped push their sound to a new and exciting place.
Lead singer and songwriter Daniel Grimsland states:
"Making this record was a whole new experience for all of us. We recorded most of it live, all playing in the same room together. So a lot of what you are hearing are full performances. None of us had made a record like that before, but we had the songs tight, and D. James Goodwin has such a comfortable, and creative spot up there in the mountains of Woodstock, that we fell right into it. We set out to make a record that felt and sounded different from the last one. New band, new studio, new sound. I’m very lucky and excited to have three other singer/multi-instrumentalists/songwriters in the band with me now. They all have so much to bring to the table, I can’t wait to see what happens next."
Holy Rollin' is available now. Order Today.
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