I'm the guy from the Long Ryders in 1980s L.A. & the guy in the Coal Porters in London now. Yes, I also make solo albums and do some singer-songwriter gigs. Million Dollar Bash is my book on The Basement Tapes and I've never met Dylan.
“His intimate acoustic shows are consistently memorable” The Sunday Times
Sid Griffin plays Ode To Bobbie Gentry from his album The Trick Is To Breathe at the Americana Fest in Vienna, Austria.
Circle Bar was originally written by Sid for The Long Ryders before they broke up. It was eventually recorded and released a quarter of a century later on The Trick Is To Breathe and is shown here performed in Piedralaves, Spain in 2015.
Sid Griffin playing the Guy Clark song New Cut Road live on September 10th, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Danny Kiely is on doghouse bass and Allison Summers is the great fiddler.
The Trick Is To Breathe is Sid Griffin’s first solo album in a decade, released in September of 2015 it received a host of fine reviews and was Uncut magazine's Americana Album of the Month.
As promoters and venues were frequently contacting Griffin about solo shows it was obviously time for new Sid Solo Music. Yet the multi-tasking Griffin, a musician first, both with The Coal Porters and The Long Ryders, a writer second, a broadcaster third and…oh yes, a family man on top of all that, didn’t have much time to spare to record. “You can spend weeks doing an album. Both my previous solo albums were done piecemeal, that is recorded in bits here and then bits there over weeks. I needed to get an album done quickly.”
“Billy Bragg told me his last album was recorded by Joe Henry in just a few days out in Pasadena, California and I remembered Dylan did Nashville Skyline in only a few days. So I contacted some Nashville cats I knew, they recommended Thomm Jutz as a producer, he and I hit it off, Thom picked most of the players and by the time I flew to Tennessee these folks knew my songs better than I did. Hence we started on Monday and were done by Thursday!”
Sid played mandolin on two tracks, guitar on about six more, but the core of the band was Mark Fain from Ricky Skagg’s Kentucky Thunder outfit on bass, the great virtuoso Sierra Hull on mandolin, Paul Griffiths on drums, Thomm Jutz on guitar, Justin Moses on banjo, fiddle and dobro, and gospel legend James T. Brown on backing vocals.
The Trick Is To Breathe announces Sid Griffin is back on the world stage as a solo artist, globe-trotting troubadour and singer-songwriter. “It’s a great record, it really is, my best songs ever and you can play them with a group behind you as I did in Nashville or they can be performed by me solo.”
Representation and Bookings
Sid Griffin Solo Concert Bookings:
For UK and North American shows please email Sid via firstname.lastname@example.org
In Spain all Sid Grififn promotion is handled by Francisco Santelices at PromOla!
In Scandinavia all Sid Griffin promotion is handled by Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran
For more on Sid Griffin, The Coal Porters and The Long Ryders please visit SidGriffin.com