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GSB, Cicada Rhythm, Sye Spence at Hendershot’s for Athfest 2015

GSB is thrilled to announce: GSB,  Cicada Rhythm  and Sye Spence will perform together on Friday June 26 as part of Athfest 2015!  The show will take place at Hendershot’sCicada Rhythm in Athens as part of the music festival’s Club Crawl.  Cicada Rhythm recently signed with New West Records and is one of Athens fastest rising bands.  “Born and raised in Georgia, this talented pair imitates and modernizes folk music to a rejuvenating degree. The sound of Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis exhibits skilled and articulate guitar picking honed in the dive bars of Atlanta over rolling Julliard-trained bass lines. Expect chilling harmonies, unbridled enthusiasm, some wholesome tunes and a sincere performance.”   Sye Elaine Spence is a singer/songwriter from New York City, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. As a songwriter, she has collaborated with various artists in the New York City indie music scene since 2008. She also records and performs as a solo artist. Her latest release is a warm, folk-inflected EP entitled Bloom.  Spence is a storyteller, with every pluck of the acoustic accompaniment, a truthful narrative of love and pain exposed.

GSB Tours iconic Echo Mountain Studio, Asheville

Echo MoountainGSB was thrilled to take a private tour of arguably the South’s most aesthetic and functionally impressive studio.  Located in downtown Asheville, Echo Mountain Studio is housed in a former Methodist Church and much of that architectural “spirit” remains.  The main studio boasts a large stained glass window and the woods and layout still possess the atmosphere of being in Church.  The list of clients is a litany of who’s who;  Steve Martin, Peter Asher and the Steep Canyon Rangers were there the day before we arrived.  Will Manning, who produced GSB’s first album, was an intern there as well.  GSB hopes to add a recording experience there to our list of bucket list accomplishments!


GSB to Perform in Knoxville’s International Biscuit Festival, May 16

biscuit-toplogo2We are very pleased to announce that GSB has been selected to perform at Knoxville’s 2015 International Biscuit Festival on May 16, 2015. The International Biscuit Festival was begun in 2009 by a group of local Biscuit lovers who wanted to share Knoxville’s Biscuit heritage with the world. What started as a fun gathering for friends and family has grown into a nationally recognized food festival celebrating Southern cooking! We’re hungry already!

GSB Selected for Due South Festival, Thomasville Georgia: April 25


GSB is very pleased to announce that we have been selected to perform at the 4th annual Due South Festival in Thomasville, Georgia on April 25.
The Due South band line up was hand-selected by committee members, and the group tapped Grassland String Band to be the opening act for this year’s headliner, The Band of Heathens. The Austin, Texas group is known for being one of its hometown’s most vital musical resources, with accolades including “New Emerging Artists” and “Best Duo/Group of the Year” nominations by the Americana Music Honors & Awards and the Americana Music Association. BoH is known as one of America’s hardest-working touring acts, while revealing a musical and lyrical depth that consistently enriches an infectious song-craft. Recently, the group has been working closely with Kid Rock on his latest album, “First Kiss”, which was released in February.
The Due South Festival celebrates the authentic southern connection between land, family and tradition. Due South “weaves together the richness of sights, sounds and tastes of the new South to create an engaging tapestry of artistic expression that enriches, inspires and connects us to our shared heritage.”
The 2015 lineup:
Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers
The Gatorbone Band
Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republic
The Fried Turkeys
Royce Lovett
Grassland String Band
Band of Heathens

The press release and ticket information:

GSB to Perform with Rob Nance & The Lost Souls

GSB is excited to announce a new show at Hendershot’s Coffee (237 Prince Avenue, Athens, Ga) for Saturday February 28, 2015.  GSB will provide support for Rob Nance & The Lost Souls (Durham, N.C.).

Rob is no stranger to Athens, nor to GSB.  The two performed together during the Summer of 2014 for an enthusiastic crowd at The Georgia Theatre, along with Jim Avett.

The show, which begins at 8 p.m.,  will feature songs from Rob’s brand new album, “Signal Fires”.  This album follows his highly successful debut release, “Lost Souls and Locked Doors”, a collection of heartfelt folk songs and rock numbers that make up a sound both familiar and new.

Growing up on a steady diet of musical influences in North Carolina that ranged from Doc Watson to Neil Young, Rob Nance writes songs that echo the traditions of southern and contemporary folk music to create a unique brand of roots rock.

Hendershot’s is an intimate setting for the show, and fans are encouraged to arrive early for what promises to be a sold-out event.rob nance

GSB Releases NPR Tiny Desk Video

Grassland String Band has teamed up with videographer Drew Jacoby to produce three videos for submission to NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series.  The iconic Tiny Desk Concerts are intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.  The first released by GSB is “Honey”, performed unplugged in the 2nd floor of lead singer Michael Lesousky’s Athens, Georgia home.  Watch GSB’s “Honey” Here

GSB To Perform in Augusta, Georgia: StillWater Taproom

On Friday November 21 (10pm), GSB will be making its first appearance in the Augusta, Georgia area.  The StillWater Taproom is a popular venue conveniently nestled in the heart of the Savannah Riverwalk area.  Tickets for the show are $5, and patrons will joyously experience the StillWater motto:  “Drop in…..turn on……tune out.stillwater bar scene  (974 Broad St, Augusta, GA  706-826-9857)