David Grier Biography
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
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). 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).
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).
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“His unmatchable mastery of the guitar is ever present, but it’s the emotional exploration of the
music as a whole that leaves a lasting impression. There is evidence everywhere of deep musical
introspection: real soul-searching, and, I would have to say, bravery.”
~ Martin Mull
“David Grier is a willful, accurate instrumentalist whose every note seems to run through a
bright, intelligent sieve. He maintains an unqualified standard of excellence in guitar playing,
always with a knack for unorthodox surprise.”
~ Claire Lynch
“Grier sculpts fascinating forms the way air and moisture combine to create billowing cumuli.”
“I've had the good fortune to see David Grier live several times, and while I certainly delight in
watching him play, I especially like to watch folks who have never seen him live before. There's
this denial/acceptance cycle as they try to rationalize what they "know" to be possible with the
guitar versus what their eyes and ears are experiencing. . . . And he does it in this self-effacing
way that almost undercuts his musical inventiveness [and] preternatural skill.”
~Chris Thiessen, Flatpick Guitar Magazine