Episode 1: Grant Gordy’s Periperhal Visions
I’ve been a huge fan of Grant Gordy since shortly after his eponyous debut album was released in 2010. It was either Dennis Ludiker or Noah Jeffries who pointed me in Grant’s direction and I’ve followed his career very closely ever since. Periperhal Visions is Grant’s second album of original compositions delivered by a truly stunning string ensemble featuring Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and Dominick Leslie on mandolin. Aidan O’Donnell on bass rounds on the quartet on this new album, whereas future Punch Brother Paul Kowert handled the low end on 2010’s Grant Gordy.
Don‘t let the many years between these two releases make you think Grant hasn’t been busy, though. In 2020, Grant released Interpreter, a mostly-electric, mostly-jazz-standards album. He is also natural collaborator who has been featured on numerous incredible albums through the years, here are just a few of my personal favorites:
- two LPs with Mr. Sun featuring fiddle legend Darol Anger
- albums with mandolinist (and Mr. Sun member) Joe K. Walsh, including Walsh’s excellent 2023 solo release If Not Now, Who?, and a unique collaboration with Hargreaves and bassist Greg Garrison called Bluegrass and the Abstract Truth
- a masterful guitar duets record with Ross Martin, Year of the Dog
He frequently tours with these acts and others, and he teaches regularly through camps, workshops, and online sessions.
Please support his music directly through Bandcamp and visit his website.