Born in Washington, D.C. in 1961, a family move to Nashville at age 3 fully immersed David Grier into the bluegrass music world, and at age 6, he began playing the guitar. Today, he is regarded as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in the world, along with his early influences, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and family friend Clarence White. Recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 2000 as one of the Artists of the Decade, and named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Grier has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums (True Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe; The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison Brown's Fairweather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel).
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). David is also the guitiarist with the acclaimed band Psychograss. His most recent release, 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).
"His knowledge of chord shape and voicings, his effortless sliding from fret to fret, chord to chord and fingering to fingering puts him up there with the finest players I've ever seen." (Victory Review)
"Throughout the show, I kept thinking that I was watching an amazing bluegrass guitar player who had clearly studied - formally or otherwise - the great jazz guitar players and had incorporated them into his style. As the show went on, however, I began to think that maybe I had it backwards. Maybe David Grier is really a jazz guitar player with a passion for bluegrass. Whichever the case may be, David is doing something like few others out there, and it is a sight to be seen, a scene to be a heard, and overall, a guaranteed impressive show every time that he takes the stage. Whether he is playing alone, with Chris Thile, or with his band Psychograss, he is sure to expand the possibilities of what a man can do with an acoustic guitar, and for that alone, it is worth taking notice. " (JamBase)
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