Grant Farm Plays a Newgrass Friendly Rivalry

Grant Farm
Grant Farm

Summer of 2018 Grant Farm released a LIVE Album showcasing the best performances from the first ten episodes of the Meeting on the Mountain LIVE Broadcast. The album features special guests, including Bill Nershi of String Cheese Incident, Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth, John Magnie of Subdudes, and Andy Hall of Infamous Stringdusters. Now they will play the Aggie Theatre with Drunken Hearts and Jon Stickley Trio on Sat, December 29, 2018; Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm.

Grant Farm is a Boulder, Colorado-based “Cosmic Americana band” founded in 2009 by the vocalist and National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant.  Tyler is psyched about this show, “Drunken Hearts and Jon Stickley Trio are two of our favorite bands in our scene and include some of our closest friends, so it will be a big ol’ buddy fest! The cool thing about this bill is that we all have very different sounds, but we still have some common branches off of the American Roots Music tree. We have a friendly rivalry with Drunken Hearts (we even wrote “curse your Drunken Heart” into a lyric on our upcoming album), which is a sort of “the other Americana Band” in CO. However, we cover different bases musically and complement each other well. Jon Stickley Trio is just amazing, and we have seen them blow audiences away all around the country with their unique instrumental approach, virtuosity, and genius arrangements. It will be a great evening of music. The bands complement each other well. The audience at this show will not be bored!”

What to expect


Tyler says, “There will be a collaboration for sure. Jon and Lyndsay from JS3 are fun to jam with, and we’ve been teaming up with Drunken Hearts for years at festivals, YarmonyGrass “joint sets,” and things like that. As for Grant Farm, we can’t help play some new songs because we are so excited about them and our upcoming album, “Broke in Two.” And it’s Fort Collins, the mecca of music in Northern Colorado, so you never know who will stop by!”

The Farm is wide-open conduits of all things artistic. Tyler discusses what inspires them, “You can hear a train whistle, a bird call, note that the wind makes when it blows through the vents, and draw inspiration from that.” He adds, “I spend a lot of time outdoors, which is one of the main reasons I live in CO and come up with a lot of ideas on hikes. And it may sound campy, but we draw inspiration from each other. So many artists out there making great music, and we are living in that scene, so we pick up inspiration at every concert and festival that we are involved in. For instance, we returned from WinterWonderGrass Vermont and heard some East Coast bands we were not familiar with. Listening to their sets, then following up on Spotify on the loooong van ride back, really got us fired up. We listen to a lot of music together on the road.”

Grant chooses Colorado to be home because of the blended balance of nature, music, and community support. “The music scene in Colorado is special because the general public here is very supportive. It is normal in Colorado to work, go outside for an adventure, and still go out to enjoy music in the evening. This is rare in areas where the outdoors are such a part of life. There is also support from the venues, festivals, other bands, breweries, and radio, like our presenter 105.5 The Colorado Sound and our ever-stalwart KRFC, and dispensaries like our presenting sponsor Kind Care Of Colorado. It’s a winning combination of all the forces working together to create a vibrant music scene.”



What sets them aside as a band?



The bluegrass/newgrass scene in Colorado is saturated with diverse talent. Tyler claims their claim to fame is they contribute by NOT playing Bluegrass since everyone else has that covered.  Grant says, “the Newgrass scene is blowing up even more so than in the heyday of Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band. Those groups blazed a trail for all the bands that are cranking today like Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, and Lil’ Smokies. There is a real scene for younger bands to plug into, standing on the shoulders of those who paved the way. All the big Newgrass bands have connections to Colorado. We figured we would do something different to complement this ubiquitous Bluegrass/Newgrass presence.”

Grant hosted his live Performance on the Mountain series in Fort Collins and dove into the uniqueness of Fort Collins as a Music City, “Fort Collins has established itself as an entity of its own, separate from Denver and Boulder. There is a unique tenor in the air. Hard to describe, but the bands and the audience hear it. Hippies, hip-hop, indy rock, country, rockabilly all have an audience here, and there is no pretension.” Tylers goes on to say,  “Music is a way of life up here – it would not feel like Fort Collins without it. The Aggie brings in National Headliners and supports up and coming local talent. KRFC and 105.5 the Colorado Sound are very supportive and spin all the local acts and the big-time bands. And then there’s THE SCENE! Long live The Scene.”

Grant’s advice to the ones striving to make it in music is, “Diligence, perseverance, confidence, and staying on top of the marketing trends, which usually takes getting help, either by taking on team members/management or asking for help and learning to do it all on your own. And keep the music forward. Integrity is important. Get your sound and performance together. Practice practice.”


Since Yarmony Grass is presenting, is this a teaser for next year’s lineup…Look for a lineup announcement of YarmonyGrass 2019 soon. In the meantime, listen to the latest by Grant Farm on all the streaming channels. Discover something new or relish an old favorite.

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Cynthia Reaves is the Managing Editor of The New Scene Magazine and North Forty News. Cynthia is multimedia journalist with a master's in New Media Journalism and a bachelor's in Journalism with a minor in Music Theory and Composition. She has a grassroots digital publication, Argento Studios. She was the social producer for Green Mile Films, PR for Women’s Grand Prix at the US Pro Challenge, and Chief Relationship Officer for technology company Studio Hyperset.

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