GRANT WALLACE BAND
"Spidery original bluegrass" — New York Times
"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." — Time Out Chicago
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. The New York Times described the group’s sound as “spidery original bluegrass,” and Time Out Chicago opined, “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 December 2017 the group released their second full-length album, By This Time Tomorrow.