|Moe's Alley presents an evening of great live music featuring HUCKLE, GRANT FARM & DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN.
West Coast Farmageddon Tour 2012!
Huckle is excited to do one more tour of the west coast for 2012 with good friends Grant Farm. This co bill tour throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Grant Farm is a fantastic band from Colorado, which features Tyler Grant on guitar (2009 flat picking US national champion!). Also on the bill for some shows will be another good friend, David Jacobs-Strain, who is an amazing roots and blues musician.
Together Huckle and Grant Farm are hoping to raise a lot of food through the Music for Food program on this Farmageddon tour. Don’t forget to bring 2 or more food items to any show on this tour for a free CD, and help out those in need this holiday season!
ABOUT HUCKLE This Northern California-based singer-songwriter-guitarist is a natural child of the world. One picks up on some of the blessed West Coast vibe of Jack Johnson and the oceanic oomph of John Butler in his readily appealing music, but there’s also a winning attack to his sound, a hunger felt in the gut of the listener. Huckle rocks in that beautiful wide-armed way the genre once did back in the day, embracing country, blues, folk and anything else he fancies, something evident throughout his organically flowing, lovingly charged debut album ‘Wooden Melodies’.
Live, Huckle tours as a trio, and his band includes bassist Murph and drummer Ezra Lipp. Hot off the heels of a relentless touring schedule, Huckle has been spreading his music throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado. Huckle has shared the stage with and supported many great bands and musicians including Donovan Frankenreiter, The Mother Hips, Steve Kimock, ALO, the Lee Boys, Melvin Seals and JGB, and Greensky Bluegrass to name a few.
Despite the impression of ragin’ electricity in many spots on the new album "Wooden Melodies", what one hears is an 10 string acoustic and a homemade Weissenborn lap steel guitar, along with banjo and other assorted instruments Huckle brings to bear alongside his rhythm team of bassist Murph (Izabella) and ALO drummer Dave Brogan. The album also features harmonies from Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips) and guest turns from college friends Lebo (ALO) and Zach Gill (Jack Johnson, ALO) as well as harmonies from Nicki Bluhm on one cut. All tunes were tracked live as a trio on Jerry Garcia’s old A-80 Studor 2” tape machine.
Connection to the great outdoors and Community is central to Huckle’s philosophy, and not just working closely with the rich array of Bay Area talent he calls friends. He’s partnered with outdoor retail manufacturer Marmot to begun a Music For Food program, where people who bring two items of non-perishable food to a Huckle show and receive some free Huckle music. It’s an effort that strives to help raise much needed food and awareness about those less fortunate in every local community Huckle visits – a small act of kindness that incrementally moves things towards the positive. It’s a characteristically Huckle thing to.
GRANT FARM is a refreshing harvest of a band from the fertile Front Range of Colorado. This much-anticipated four-piece represents the fruition of the efforts of National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant, one of the hottest and best-known guitar players on the scene today. Tyler was a member of The Drew Emmitt Band and The Emmitt-Nershi Band from 2005 until 2010 when he went on his own to pursue his calling as a bandleader. In Grant Farm he is partnered with dynamic drummer Chris Misner, also of the Drew Emmitt Band and Bill Nershi’s Blue Planet. The quartet is completed by funky phenom Adrian “Ace” Engfer on bass and the prodigious Sean Foley on keyboards. Grant Farm has established a movement based on their connection to roots music of all kinds, devotion to their fans and family, and their brilliant performances of Rocky Mountain Rock and Roll.
GRANT FARM is a band on a mission. Tyler, Chris, Ace and Sean are experienced players of renown in their own right, but as a unit they form a greater whole, and are working hard to grow into the best band that they can be. Members of Grant Farm have been featured on stage with the likes of Leftover Salmon, 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. 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. The Grant/Thorn duo quickly grew into a bluegrass/new acoustic quartet and were well-received by the hungry Colorado music fans. 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, started a conversation with the experienced and equally driven Misner, 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 Summer, including Yarmonygrass, Four Corners Folk Festival, Fort Collins Bark n’ Bluegrass, Riverfront, and Harvestival. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin’ jam-tastic concept fully formed, Ace and Sean were brought on board to bring the band into 2012, road-ready and fully capable of annihilating crowds across the country. An eponymous debut CD will be released on Grant Central Records in January 2012; a Winter harvest of fine original music planted and nurtured by the industrious Grant Farm.
David Jacobs-Strain is a virtuosic slide guitar player and a storyteller with a passionate one man show that is both humorous and deeply lyrical. A bridge between today’s indie folk troubadours and the delta guitar slingers of the 1930′s, David plays with precision and sings with emotional abandon. He’s a six-foot-two Jewish blues singer from Oregon, a Stanford drop-out in a trucker hat, and a Left Coast poet; one part Leo Kotke, one part Ken Kesey, and one part Robert Johnson. Is it Delta Blues? Gangsta Grass? Geekabilly? Secular Humanist Gospel? It’s a sound big enough to land David at the Newport Folk Festival —as a teenager— and later at MerleFest, the Strawberry Music Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Fest, and on tour with artists as diverse as Lucinda Williams, Etta James, Bob Weir, and Boz Scaggs (for three summer tours).
David’s new record “Live From The Left Coast” features harmonica legend Bob Beach. “Rainbow Junkies” could be a lost Jimmie Page tune, “Hurricane Railroad” grooves like a young David Lindley, while “Dirt And Wildflowers” is a quirky but sexy revelation (like the Moldy Peaches meet Towns Van Zandt). The cascading harmonics and retro tinted lyrics of “Halfway To The Coast” and “Pescadero Beach” evoke the damaged but wild Northwest: heartbroken but beautiful, melodic and spare.
David also appears with his amplified string band The Crunk Mountain Boys. It’s not just a funky name: John is a drummer with a tambourine instead of a hi hat, Zak plays the standup bass behind his head like Hendrix, and Blake bangs on as much of the Hammond B-3 as he can haul up the stairs. They all sing as if their souls and their supper depend on it. You could compare them to Avett Brothers with a slide guitar player and a west coast twang (though the Avett’s do have better suits!). One fan described The Crunk Mountain Boys as the “Black Fleet Foxes”, but they probably sound more like acoustic Little Feat…. with more plaid and less cocaine…