Grut formed in Atlanta in 2015. Its specific birthplace is Elliot St. Pub, a small but essential venue for original and experimental music. Daniel Wytanis (trombone & keys), Patrick Arthur (guitar), Brandon Boone (bass) and Morgan Guerin (drums) did a few improvised sessions at Elliott St., and soon realized there was more to explore together. They began meeting in Morgan’s home studio, a large side room off the lower level of his house. Drawing on common influences such as Kneebody, Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana, and Snarky Puppy, the four began to develop some composed/arranged material as well as their own frameworks and formulas with which to improvise.
Grut is introducing new sounds to the Atlanta music scene, but their approach is also rooted in that of one of the city’s most beloved musicians, the recently deceased Col. Bruce Hampton. Both Brandon Boone and Daniel Wytanis are veterans of Col. Bruce’s touring band. In the tradition of The Colonel, Grut blends the predetermined with the unknown, explores the rehearsed as will as the spontaneous, and stays open to the spirit of the moment.
In two short years together, Grut has performed extensively around Atlanta venues including Elliot St. Pub, Aisle 5, The Buckhead Theatre, and 529, as well as Shapeshifter Lab in New York. They released their first recording, a self-produced, self-titled EP in 2016, and added saxophonist Avys Burroughs to the lineup in 2017. They have opened for Col. Bruce Hampton, Dynamo, and Bill Laurence (of Snarky Puppy). and in 2018, they are set to release their first full-length record. Entitled Side Room Stories, it was recorded in the same studio where the band first began to develop its material and sound. Upon its release, Grut plans to tour domestically and internationally in support of it.
Ghost Pipe Trio, the brainchild of guitarist Leo Johnson, delivers high-energy compositions and a groove-centric style which summons impressions of late masters, like Django and Zappa. They are a virtuous blend of vintage and modern jazz fused with elements of gypsy jazz, early swing, afro, latin, and flamenco. The trio’s spirit and lavish improvisations landed them a residency at one of Asheville NC’s finest late night establishments. Bolstering the city’s bustling nightlife, devotees of the band can be heard chanting “PIPE, PIPE, PIPE” as the band steps off for a set break.
With effortless feel and endless supply of ideas, Tommy Moore’s (drums) west African tendencies shine bold as the trio transitions through time and meter. Meanwhile, Sean McCann (bass) paves a golden road of groove and passion ensuring danceability and sophistication. Touted as “the best rhythm section in town!” by Zach Page (local bass legend), the group’s following grows every week.
The trio’s intention to improvise is realized through vintage tone. Driven by Leo’s “Hot Rod” Harmony Archtone 1963 and Sean’s 1967 Fender Coronado, the band pushes the boundaries of expectation and style. As the band’s first year nears a successful end, they set their sights on a European tour in the spring of 2018, as well as the release of their first full length album, “The Effervescent Professor, Dr. Bubbly”.
Grizzleboogie has been on the Asheville beat scene for about 6 years now. He is a multi-instrumentalist producer who enjoys combining scratching and sampling with his production and instrumentation. Sampling from everything he can get his hands on including obscure internet videos, stand-up, talk-shows, anime, funk, jazz, and even some bluegrass. All in the name of boombap.