David Grindstaff - Here And Now

David Grindstaff - Here And Now

David Grindstaff
Here And Now
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A graduate of East Tennessee State University’s bluegrass program, David Grindstaff plays bass and mandolin. Listeners won’t hear much of either of those talents on his debut recording. His contributions are held to bass on one track and mandolin on two.

What is heard from Grindstaff is his considerable, albeit developing, talent as a singer. He sings lead on all tracks and does so in a warm and mildly resonant lower midrange that is lyrical and comfortable with a touch of contemporary stylings. His is not an overpowering voice, nor is it one that offers much in the way of bluesy quality, but it does convey quite well the sense and emotion of the song he is singing, be it the wisdom of “The Tinker Man,” the hutzpah of a bootlegger for whom they’ll “Jack Up The Jail,” or the resolve of the soldier who knows “Either Way I’m Going Home.” Of the 12 songs, only two (“Lost And I’ll Never Find The Way” and “The Man In The Middle”) are standards. The remaining ten come from a variety of writers. The tracks offering the best mix of emotion and energy are those already mentioned. “Jack Up The Jail,” with its blistering tempo and bravado lyrics, sounds readymade for the charts.

Backing Grindstaff’s debut are Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Hunter Berry, Jim VanCleve, resonator guitarist Josh Swift, banjoists Will Parsons and Haley Stiltner, guitarists Colby Laney and David Yates and bassists David Babb and Andy Blevins. (David Grindstaff, 1433 N. Main St., Marion NC 28752, grindstaff5@charter.net.) BW