Episode 20 with David Grissom Podcast

 

What is it about Texas and it's reputation for gunslingin' killer guitar players? You know the old cliche' "something in the water?", well, this certainly applies to the Lone Star State...think of the guitarists that have emerged from here- Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Billy Gibbons, David Holt, Charlie Sexton, and newer cats like Carter Arrington- etc..but way up at the top of that list is my guest today- Mr. David Grissom. A veteran of the John Mellencamp band, Joe Ely, Storyville and the Dixie Chicks, he's also appeared on many records as a session player and songwriter. I've known David for a long time as you'll hear- we toured together for a few months in the late 90's with BB King when I was in the Neville Brothers and he was in Storyville.

In this interview we talk early days in Austin, string bending, influences, gear, Mellencamp, Lloyd Maines and steel guitar as an influence, Norman Blake, Ringo Starr, solo records etc...and much more. Couple of great little jams in here too!

On a nice day in Austin I got in an Uber from the hotel and headed over to David's studio where we did this interview. Hope you enjoy!

 

Recorded Austin, TX Sept 2017

11 comments

  • Jennie blair

    Jennie blair Mojito plantation, sarasota

    Happy to see you mention Stevie Ray Van. Memorable small venue session playing Red House. He played other more known Hendrix, but he was incredible. Love these Riff-Raff podcasts. Thank you!!

    Happy to see you mention Stevie Ray Van. Memorable small venue session playing Red House. He played other more known Hendrix, but he was incredible. Love these Riff-Raff podcasts. Thank you!!

  • Peter Hunter

    Peter Hunter CT

    Awesome podcast, Shane. Recently found it on FB. All my absolute favorite players—David Grissom, John Leventhal, etc. Your playing is killer too. Really enjoying it. Thanks.

    Awesome podcast, Shane. Recently found it on FB. All my absolute favorite players—David Grissom, John Leventhal, etc. Your playing is killer too. Really enjoying it. Thanks.

  • Chris Pizani

    Chris Pizani Cut Off, LA

    From "down the bayou," great job Shane.

    From "down the bayou," great job Shane.

  • dennisl59

    dennisl59

    Great, relaxed, early morning interview, guitar playing and gear talk.

    Great, relaxed, early morning interview, guitar playing and gear talk.

  • Jon S

    Jon S Providence

    Neat stuf. Glad to have found this. Keep em coming.... I saw David last year at a club in Austin...brilliant player and I love his music.

    Neat stuf. Glad to have found this. Keep em coming....
    I saw David last year at a club in Austin...brilliant player and I love his music.

  • Eddie D.

    Eddie D. Birmingham

    Thanks! It's called "Midnight Drive."

    Thanks! It's called "Midnight Drive."

  • Michael Mitchell

    Michael Mitchell Atlanta

    Magical times that we get to eavesdrop this conversation. Continue to be awed by the podcast. Enjoying the new record. Mike

    Magical times that we get to eavesdrop this conversation. Continue to be awed by the podcast.

    Enjoying the new record.

    Mike

  • Larry Younkins

    Larry Younkins Baltimore

    Lunch at Maudie's? Great interview and jams from 2 awesome guitar players!

    Lunch at Maudie's? Great interview and jams from 2 awesome guitar players!

  • Dave S

    Dave S Australia

    Thanks Shane --great interview . Great show.

    Thanks Shane --great interview . Great show.

  • Sam R

    Sam R North Carolina

    Thanks for doing these Shane. Incredibly useful and entertaining at the same time.

    Thanks for doing these Shane. Incredibly useful and entertaining at the same time.

  • Michael August

    Michael August Escondido, CA

    Met David at Experience Prs 2017. NICE GUY...Great guitar player. Love his tone and approach to playing. #1 Class act!

    Met David at Experience Prs 2017. NICE GUY...Great guitar player. Love his tone and approach to playing. #1 Class act!

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