Where do you start trying to describe this band? If you’ve seen them, you’ll understand the problem. Maybe the best place to try to explain this phenomenon is from their beginning.
Big Red & the Grinners began as the brainchild of one of the band members, a seasoned player who had tired of a predictable and stale band scene in local bars and clubs. He describes how he could almost write the set lists of the bands he saw at the time after hearing only the sound check.
So, he set about finding some like-minded musicians who were willing to take a risk, be different and most of all- be unpredictable in the choice and style of songs. After putting together a band consisting of vocals, banjo, guitar, accordion, double bass and stand up snare & wah-wah washboard, a set was put together which featured influences ranging from Hayseed Dixie to serious American roots folk music.
One of the unique features of this band, is how they appear to move seamlessly from the likes of an absurd version of Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up the Jam’ to Tony Rice’s bluegrass classic ‘Freeborn Man’, or from Jay Z’s ’99 Problems’ to Kelly Joe Phelps’ masterpiece of folk ‘Window Grin’.