Tuesday, June 6, 2023
A self-described “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR,” Grant Peeples is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor and heart-gigging ballads.
He is the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” and their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” Grant tours coast to coast, and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, the 30A Songwriters Festival, and The Florida, Folk Festival. January 2019 marked a second tour in The Netherlands, where FolkForum.nl described him “…a pure storyteller, in the best American folk tradition…” and his show “…one of those gems that you will remember for a long time…”
Gurf Morlix, who has produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, and Slaid Cleaves---has produced five of Grant’s records, including his most recent release of original songs, “Settling Scores Vol II” (2018), and a special release, 'Bad Wife,' (Feb 2020) a collection of songs written by women songwriters, a tribute to women in the year of the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the US.
A Few Things About Grant Peeples:
His shows are a roiling mix of funny stuff and not-funny stuff. He doesn’t do a lot of lo-ooove songs, but when he does, it's liable to break your heart.
He has made eleven studio records, three live recordings and three poetry books, the latest of which is "My Advice to Pilgrims," published by Mezcalita Press.
He tours coast-to-coast, primarily as a solo artist, but often with a side man. He usually plays festivals with his band The Peeples Republik.
He lived on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua for eleven years. There he installed the island's first flushing toilet, rescued sea turtles, and built an eco-resort and dive shop. When he returned to the US in 2006, he returned to a homeland whose changes bordered on futuristic. And much of what he writes about today is informed by that experience.