The Van Gogh of American Music”
Saturday, March 21
7:30 PM, Tickets: $16.50, Student/low income: $12
Advance ticket sales available. Call Traditions at 360-705-2819
Old-Time Salty Vaudevillian: Baby Gramps plays an antique acoustic National steel-bodied resonator guitar, and sings his own unique arrangements of rags, jazz, & blues songs from the 20’s & 30’s, folksongs, sing-a-longs, and many originals with wordplay, vaudeville antics, hilarious lyrics, animated guitar playing, and throat singing. His voice is a cross between Popeye the Sailor and a Didgeridoo. He has an endless and varied repertoire which he draws upon to complement the ambiance of the show. His extensive repertoire has provided him with opportunities to share shows with numerous internationally known blues musicians, traditional folk musicians, and jam bands. Whatever the audience, he keeps them engaged with his energy, humor, spontaneity, and incredible guitar playing.
According to Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is one of the 50 most influential musicians of the last 100 years.
Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys , a two-CD set produced by Hal Willner and Johnny Depp, landed him on The Late Show with David Letterman with Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s bass player and band leader, backing him up on bass. Tony joins Gramps whenever the opportunity presents itself as it often does when Gramps tours the East Coast.
In recent years Baby Gramps participated in 7 films including a jug band documentary, a “Louie Louie” documentary, and an update of the academy award nominated film “Streetwise”.
“Mixing the myth-making mystique of a traveling troubadour of the past with an incredible array of musical influences, there is no other performer out there on the road today quite like Baby Gramps.” Sean McCourt, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California)