I literally stumbled upon the Grit & Grizzle local band at a recent Bend Artwalk. Onlookers had gathered in the square near Drake Park next to Crow’s Feet and were dancing, cheering and trying to figure out where this incredible group of musicians had been dropped from.
It’s pretty awesome when you discover they emerged right here in Central Oregon and recently released their first CD.
Grit & Grizzle is lit up with Tim Lindgren (stand up bass), Tyler Canfield (banjo, vocals, harmonica) and Gabriel Juarez (guitar, vocals).
The young group of talent explains that they were “born on the high deserts of Oregon and proudly present to us “growling vocals, spine tinglin’ banjo and a heart-throbbin’ bass. Come get a taste of our boot-stompin,’ knee-slappin,’ finger-lickin,’ true blue, backporch music on the streets of downtown Bend.”
Their favorite studied artists include Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, The Devil Makes Three, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Trampled By Turtles, Johnny Cash and Lester Flatts.
There’s no doubt that if you have any beat in you at all you’ll want to dance to this groovy band, but listening to their original songs, soulful rendering country rhythm and rough-edged vocals will keep you engaged long after you’re tired of gyrating.
Join me in celebrating Grit & Grizzle’s rich musical heritage.
by Pamela Hulse Andrews
Saturday, July 27 Grit and Grizzle CD Release Party w/ special guests Mai and Joe (original Oregon slam-grass) at Parilla Grill.