Having released four albums on Rounder, beginning in 1988 with Freewheeling, Grier launched his own label, Dreadnought Recordings, with the 1998 debut release, Hootenanny, with Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien (“endlessly inventive and tasteful” - All Music Guide). Evocative (Dreadnought 2009), featuring 10 original tunes and a rich complement of collaborators (Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan and more), has been hailed for its “deep musical introspection” as well as its “unmatchable mastery of the guitar” (Martin Mull). Other Dreadnought releases include the highly-acclaimed Live at the Linda (2007) and I’ve Got
the House to Myself (2002) (“unfettered explosive invention” - Tim O’Brien). His most recent release is Fly On The Wall (2014).
Interview with David
Words To Live By
– Bill Monroe
There’s no point in writing songs on a sheet of paper, going verse, chorus, verse, chorus, and regarding this as a song. No, it ain’t. A song is music, and I’d rather start with the music and then get into the attitude of the track and put something on top of it. The idea that you can create songs can f- you up, because then it’s all on your back. Treat it in a lighter way and say, “This is what I do.” If you can write 1 song, you can write 900. Your method of going about that – you can either try and regiment it, make it a task, or you can make it part of your everyday life and just sit around and play anything you want and not think about writing. I never sit down and say, “Time to write a song. Now I’m going to write.” To me, that would be fatal. To me the important thing is recognizing something when it comes by.
– Keith Richards, as told to Guitar Player magazine