Founded in 2009 by bandleader Tyler Grant, the Cosmic Americana band Grant Farm is set to release a third album, Kiss the Ground, on June 10.
Kiss the Ground is the band’s first full-length concept album and its third album of original music. Speaking to the struggles we all face as working people, Kiss the Ground sends a positive message while acknowledging the real hardships imposed by a society that expects too much. “We think of this as our ode to the working people,” says Grant of the album’s lyrics, which express empathy for those for whom time outside of work is at a premium.
A highlight of the project, Grant’s song “Get In Line” discusses the high price we pay for the things we want in life. Other notable tracks include “I Wish That It Would Rain,” a relatable metaphor for the yearning to stay home from work; “Fill Your Cup,” a call to make the most of life; and “The Keg,” the story of a traveling band who attempts, unsuccessfully, to arrive home in time for a loved ones’ special event.
A sure bet for fans of innovative, genuine artists like Tedeschi Trucks, Sturgill Simpson, and Phish, Grant Farm is comprised of zany, fun-loving, musically educated members. Based in Boulder, Colo., members include Tyler Grant (aka “The Champ” for his status as National Flatpicking Guitar Champion) on lead guitar and vocals, Adrian “Ace” Engfer on bass and vocals, Sean “Magic” Macaulay on percussion, and Kevin “Money” McHugh on keys and vocals.
Grant also hosts “Meeting on the Mountain LIVE,” an exciting, collaborative, live-streaming YouTube concert series featuring Grant Farm as the house band. Archived episodes feature Dave Bruzza of Greensky Bluegrass, Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, The Dead Winter Carpenters, and other guests.
Experience Grant Farm as they celebrate Kiss the Ground in these upcoming tour dates:
April 8 — Cervantes’ Other Side, Denver, Colo.
April 9 — Downtown Artery, Fort Collins, Colo.
April 16 — Durango Arts Center, Durango, Colo.
May 20 — Art Night Out Lafayette, Broomfield, Colo.
May 21 — Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, Ridgway, Colo.
May 22 — Belly Up, Aspen, Colo.
May 28 — The Lariat, Buena Vista, Colo.
June 4 — Legacy Park, Fort Collins, Colo.
June 8 — Town Square Tavern, Jackson, Wyoming
June 9 — Filling Station, Bozeman, Montana
June 10 — Great Northern Bar, Whitefish, Montana
June 11 — The Top Hat, Missoula, Montana
June 14 — White Eagle, Portland, Ore.
June 16 — Nectar Lounge, Seattle, Wash.
June 18 — 4 Peaks Festival, Bend, Ore.