Solo Gui­tar Mas­tery

Three-time IBMA Gui­tar Player of the Year David Grier plays at Bark­ing Legs Fri­day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - STAFF RE­PORT

David Grier, one of the most hon­ored and in­flu­en­tial gui­tarists to come out of the tra­di­tion of blue­grass mu­sic, will present a solo gui­tar con­cert at Bark­ing Legs The­ater, 1307 Dodds Ave., on Fri­day, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.

Blue­grass was very much part of the Grier fam­ily’s life­style. Grier’s fa­ther, La­mar, played banjo in the band of Bill Mon­roe. Grier be­gan play­ing gui­tar at age 6, with in­struc­tion from Roland White. Through him, the in­flu­ence of his brother, the iconic Clarence White, helped form his style.

He has per­formed and recorded with many of the great­est blue­grass and new­grass mu­si­cians of the past 30 years. He was a found­ing mem­ber of Psy­chograss, as well as the re­cently de­buted su­per­group, the He­len High­wa­ter String Band.

He has played on four Grammy Award-win­ning al­bums, in­clud­ing “True Life Blues,” a Bill Mon­roe trib­ute that, in a sense, brought his mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence full cir­cle.

In 2000, Acous­tic Gui­tar Mag­a­zine rec­og­nized Grier as one of the Artists of the Decade, and he’s been named Gui­tar Player of the Year three times by the In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I can’t imag­ine a much bet­ter place to hear David Grier than Bark­ing Legs, where you’ll be up close and in the com­pany of an at­ten­tive au­di­ence,” says Bruce Ka­plan, Bark­ing Legs mu­sic di­rec­tor.

“David is one of the rare per­form­ers I ac­tu­ally pre­fer to hear solo, be­cause his mu­si­cal imagination can go wher­ever in­spi­ra­tion takes him. It is an ut­terly cap­ti­vat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Tick­ets are $20 gen­eral ad­mis­sion, avail­able in ad­vance on­line at www. bark­, or at the door.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 423-624-LEGS.


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