Strolling down Memphis’ legendary Beale Street , you hear the distinctive sounds of Southern soul and blues pouring out of every club. When you pass by Club 152 the savory sounds of up-and-coming musician Grant Garland will draw you in for more. Born on the Arkansas Delta, Garland is drawing comparisons to a swath of well-known musicians as wide as the meandering Mississippi river.
Garland’s ability to emulate and embellish upon the diverse musical influences of musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Billy Joel, Prince, Elton John, Sly & the Family Stones, Harry Connick Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, and Blood, Sweat & Tears electrifies audiences both young and old. His pure talent not only crosses genre lines, but is generating genuine excitement beyond the river delta.
Garland is closing in on his 1,000th live performance, captivating audiences throughout the Mid-South with tremendous musical proficiency. An outrageously talented piano and guitar player, he is also very versatile on brass instruments such as trumpet and flugel horn. One wonders if there is anything he can’t play exceptionally well!
Grant Garland has performed in venues across the region and with artists such as Jimbo Mathus, Charlie Wood, Jon Faddis, Jon Metzger, Bob Mintzer, Airmen of Note, Carl Saunders, Rodd Bland (Bobby "Blue" Bland Band), Chris Vadala, and Bill Marshall (Hank Williams Jr. band). He has opened for various artists, including Exile, Preston Shannon, and Jason D. Williams. Garland has taken the stage at such hot-spots as Flying Saucer, Club Atlas, and B.B. King's, King's Palace Cafe, Alfred's, and Blues City all in downtown Memphis.
From the opening punch of "Home Again" to the soaring guitar solo outro in "What I See In You," you're sure to move and be moved by Grant Garland's masterful debut album.