GSB Releases New EP Friday August 26!

red clay august 26GSB’s new EP, “The Echo Mountain Sessions”  will be released on Friday August 26th surrounded by some of the busiest days the band has ever faced.

Recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville back in January during an epic snowstorm, the album includes “American Flag” (previously released on the Athfest 2016 compilation CD), “Give Me A Reason”, “Boom Boom” and “Diamond”.  In advance of the release, the recording process is featured in a mini-documentary produced by Jake Gee, an Athens-based videographer.

The release of the album will be supported by GSB at four shows; August 23 at Madison, Georgia (outdoor concert); The Wildwood Festival kickoff show on August 25 at The Caledonia Lounge in Athens, Ga (with Darnell Boys, Radiolucent, Cicada Rhythm);  at EOP The Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth, Ga on August 26 (with guest Grant Cowan); and at The Foundry-Athens on August 27 with Sam Burchfield and guest musician Chris Costigan on saxophone. On Sunday August 28, frontman Michael Lesousky performs a solo show at the World Famous to support his new album, “Deep Shade of Blue”.

In addition, the band is scheduled to appear on Atlanta’s NPR radio station WABE (90.1 FM) at noon on Friday August 26.

Fans can buy the album at all major music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.

Flagpole Magazine Premiers “Diamond”

GSB at Marvins webFlagpole Magazine, a highly acclaimed source for news, arts and music, has exclusively premiered “Diamond”, a single from GSB’s upcoming “Echo Mountain Sessions” EP.  Written by Michael Lesousky and recorded earlier this year at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, the EP is scheduled for release on August 26, 2016.

The track is one of four songs included on the album.  “American Flag”, previously released on the Athfest 2016 compilation CD, “Give Me A Reason” and “Boom Boom” join “Diamond”.  In advance of the release, the recording process is featured in a mini-documentary produced by Jake Gee, an Athens-based videographer.

The release of the album will be supported by GSB at three shows; The Wildwood Festival kickoff show on August 25 at The Caledonia Lounge in Athens, Ga (with Darnell Boys, Radiolucent, Cicada Rhythm);  at EOP The Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth, Ga on August 26 (with guest Grant Cowan); and at The Foundry-Athens on August 27 with Sam Burchfield.

Fans can buy the album at all major music retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.

Athfest 2016 Announcement: GSB on Main Stage June 25

GSB will perform at Athfest 2016 on the main stage located at Pulaski Street, downtown Athens Georgia.  The performance is scheduled for Saturday June 25 from 2:15 -3:00.  Outdoor stage performances are free to the public.

One of the South’s biggest live music events,  Athfest boasts 100+ bands and musicians.   Fans can enjoy two nights of music at many Athens venues by purchasing wristbands for The Athfest Club Crawl, an amazing way to catch a ton of talent all in the same weekend.

GSB has also been selected to perform at the Athfest VIP party on Thursday June 16 at The Foundry. The event is closed to the public.

GSB to Perform at Atlanta Braves-Turner Field: Memorial Day Weekend (Sat May 28)

chipper saves freemanThe Atlanta Braves have selected the Grassland String Band as one of ten bands to perform at Turner Field in their 2016 “Band of the Year” promotional series.  The group that is named the “Braves Band of the Year” will win the opportunity to perform in 2017 at SunTrust Park. The “Band of the Year” will be chosen by the Braves game entertainment staff, who will judge the groups based on combination of factors including crowd participation and enthusiasm.

GSB will perform from 2:20 to 3:20 on Saturday May 28th prior to the Memorial Day weekend game with the Florida Marlins (4:10 start).

The game also features a promotional giveaway of a highly collectible “Chipper Rescues Freddie ATV” bobblehead to the first 20,000 fans.  Chipper Jones made national headlines when he took his four-wheeler into a 2014 Atlanta snowstorm to rescue his former teammate, Freddie Freeman, who was stuck in the city’s traffic gridlock.  Now, he and Freeman will receive a bobblehead commemorating their experience.

GSB fans will receive a discounted price for tickets.   More information about that will be released by the Braves organization soon.

GSB Included in Athfest 2016 CD Compilation

Grassland String Band is proud to announce that “American Flag” (written by Michael Lesousky) is included in this year’s Athfest Compilation CD. 

Athfest Educates, a nonprofit organization committed to sustaining and advancing music and arts education for young people in Athens-Clarke County,  announced the details for the 2016 AthFest compilation CD, which will be a special two-disc set this year in honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary.

“American Flag” is currently unreleased, but will be included in GSB’s next EP.   Plans are to release the album in the late Summer or early Fall.

In addition to the usual CD of mostly-unreleased songs from local bands, this year’s comp will feature a bonus disc featuring a “Best of AthFest” tracklist. The best-of disc will include songs by R.E.M., Elf Power, Drive-By Truckers, The Whigs, New Madrid, Vic Chesnutt, Widespread Panic and more.

This year’s festival compilation, which was curated by a team of students in the Music Business program at UGA, features tunes by local acts Dream Culture, Son & Thief, Wieuca, Tarnation, Walden, The Orange Constant and Grassland String Band, among others.

A CD release party for the compilation is set for Thursday, May 5 at the 40 Watt featuring live performances from Walden, Dream Culture and The Orange Constant. The CD will be available for purchase at that show; the official release date is June 21.

GSB to Perform at Winterville Marigold Festival, May 2016

GSB will join a stellar list of area bands performing at the 2016 Winterville Marigold Festival,  Saturday May 21st.  The list of bands and times are:

9:45 National Anthem performed by Wilma
12:00 Dodd Ferrelle and the Wintervillians
1:00 Welfare Liners
2:00 Clay Leverett and Friends
3:00 Matt Joiner Band
4:00 Grassland String Band
5:00 Rev. Connor Tribble and the Deacons
6:00 Klezmer Local 42
7:00 Caroline Aiken
8:00 Randall Bramblett Band

B3 Hammond Legend Ike Stubblefield Records for GSB

ikestubblefieldHammond B3/ Whurlitzer virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend with almost 50 years in the business.

When GSB needed someone to take take two of its songs,  “Boom Boom” and “Diamond” to new heights, Ike was the overwhelming choice. His sound is the perfect fit for “Boom Boom”, a preachy motivational tune that encourages folks to reach for their potential and to “kick down the door”.  In “Diamond”, Ike creates a soulful undertone that perfectly compliments Michael Lesousky’s bluesy vocals.  Simply put, Ike nailed it in the studio and we are head-over-heels excited about it.  “Boom Boom” and “Diamond” are part of the Echo Mountain Sessions EP that is scheduled for release  in the late Fall.

Ike cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He lent his soulful R&B style to Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson, and helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come. In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy-winning Atlanta soul man Cee Lo Green, recording organ and keyboards on 9 tracks.

These days, the B3 icon and mini-Moog master stays busy jamming with Papa Mali in New Orleans, rocking with Big Hat in Nashville and producing out of his Atlanta studio. Drawing from his recent time with the Derek Trucks Band and years on the road as a musician-for-hire, Stubblefield is finding his true passion collaborating with old friends and bringing the loose ends of an illustrious career together on his new project, The Ike Stubblefield Trio.   GSB is very honored for Ike’s contribution to the Echo Mountain Sessions EP.

Read more here: Ike Stubblefield

GSB Completes EOP Red Clay Live Album

Even with all the planning and rehearsal, recording a live performance doesn’t guarantee a successful album.

In this case, it did.

In early November, GSB performed at the EOP Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, Georgia.  Among the finest listening halls in the South, Eddie Owen and his team produce the quintessential experience for any musician, from the lavishly stocked green room and kitchen to the pinpoint accurate sound system and video services.   Recording here was an easy choice for GSB.

EOP sound engineer Shalom Aberle is simply the best.  Eddie Owen said of Shalom,  “What (he) does better than any other sound engineer I have worked with is create in a live environment the same listening experience you get when you listen to your favorite album in your preferred manner, whether that means a vinyl record on a turntable, a CD through headphones or whatever.”   Shalom’s vast real-world experiences as both an artist and engineer come through in the clean sound that he delivers to the audience during a show and in the exquisitely mixed tracks that he produces.  Shalom gives his best and is straightforwardly expectant of the same from performers.  For GSB, the results were very, very good.

EOP videographer Jonathan Vinson  taped the show, expertly documenting the onstage personalities of GSB and the interaction with an appreciative crowd.  Here the eye verifies what the ear hears:  there is passion in this band, captured in the faces as much as in the voices and hands.   Many of those videos are available on the GSB You Tube Channel.

GSB plans to release the album, titled Cold Blooded, Bleeding Heart, on iTunes and other media outlets within the next few weeks.  It is currently available from the band and at shows on an 8gb GSB logo flash drive that includes the songs and videos.




GSB Set To Record at Echo Mountain, Asheville

Echo Moountain webGSB is thrilled to announce that it will begin production of its next album, starting with a 2-day recording session at Echo Mountain Studio in downtown Asheville on January 22 and 23,  2016.  Julian Dreyer, Grammy-Nominated Chief Engineer of Echo Mountain Recording, will handle the project.  Arguably the South’s most aesthetic and functionally impressive studio,  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 feel of being in a 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 GSB visited earlier this year.  Other notable artists who have recorded at EMS include Amy Ray, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley and Dawes.  Athens native Will Manning,  who produced GSB’s first album,  was an intern at EMS.  Songs planned in this recording session include “Give Me A Reason”“Diamond”, “American Flag” and “The Boom Boom Song”.   GSB hopes to have the album completed by late-Spring 2016.