"Spidery original bluegrass" — New York Times
Grant Wallace Band is a trio of composer-performers weaving a diaphanous sound from threads of new music, modern jazz, and old-time folk styles. Writing through a uniquely collaborative process, Ben Hjertmann (voice/pedal steel), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola/banjo), and Luke Gullickson (piano/guitar) also draw inspiration from outsider artists including the band’s namesake. As Time Out Chicago put it, “If Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt had gone on a triple-date with John Fahey, Dock Boggs and Bill Monroe to an Anton Webern concert, you'd be somewhere in the neighborhood of Grant Wallace Band.” Founded in 2011 in Chicago, GWB continues to perform around the country, and their collaborative spirit and penchant for theater have led to a series of unusual projects, including work with Ensemble Dal Niente (a maritime mini-musical, Fo’c’s’le) and Houston Grand Opera (a dramatic song cycle, The Magnificent Pretty Boy). In August 2018 the group released their third full-length album, The Battenkill, a collaboration with composer/multi-instrumentalist Ross Gallagher.
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