Teitur;TUE;3/18/2014;7:30 PM EDT
Grace & Tony
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Teitur (Tie-tor), left his homeland, the remote, beautiful, wild and weather beaten Faroe Islands in the far North Atlantic as a teenager. He was convinced that if he wanted to follow his dream of making his own music he had to go somewhere with the access to the technology and musical professionalism that he felt wasn’t available at home.
Ten years after the release of his first album, Poetry & Aeroplanes he has come full circle returning both to home and his musical roots to record his sixth album Story Music. Those ten years and his experiences gave him the conviction that he had to make his next record on The Faroes, so in April of this year saw Teitur recording in the brand new Studio Bloch in Torshavn, recently built by his long time sound engineer Jonas Bloch Danielsen in a 130 year old former ice factory. He had a collection of songs and compositions, with which he says he set out to challenge the conventions of pop songwriting.
Grace & Tony
She played bluegrass. He played punk… When Grace Schultz and Tony White met, they fell in love and the music just followed after.
“I had seen Grace play years ago and, not only was I impressed, I developed a serious secret crush,” Tony reminisced. “When I found out that she was learning mandolin and banjo, I took a shot and asked her to jam with me. The rest is history.”
Exposed to music early on in their lives by family (Grace’s liked the Southern styles from gospel all the way to rock, while Tony learned from his brother, John Paul White of The Civil Wars fame), Grace & Tony experimented with an unlikely blend of genres by mixing punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing, to create something new. What resulted was a blend of music for those searching for what’s beyond the norm: “Punkgrass” was born.
“Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk rock background, and Grace’s southern gospel and bluegrass upbringing,” stated Tony. “It isn’t forced, it’s very organic and it stands out because it’s a real fusion of what’s new and old. We play whatever pops into our heads; from classic rock to southern gospel, we scratch every itch. It’s dark, yet happy; silly, yet serious. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun to play.”
Crafting and singing lyrical tales of murder, addiction, and lost love that are wrapped in a happy twist, Grace & Tony honed their newfound brand of music on the sidewalks of downtown Nashville with no idea where their music might lead them. Showcasing an ability to create emotionally connective music, they built a solid fan base of dedicated listeners the old fashioned way… one by one.
“We made ourselves available,” said Grace. “We appreciated every single one of our fans, and set out to answer every single question they had. We are making music that isn’t for everyone so we had to pick them off one at a time to build our audience. It worked and they began asking for more music!”
Working with Lloyd Aur Norman and Stephen D. Jones of Villain Place in Nashville, Grace & Tony released the acoustic EP, Inside A 7-Track Mind, in 2011. Since then, doors have opened and they have succeeded in their goal to be heard by bigger audiences by headlining the historic Crockett Theater (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.) and performing on the legendary “Daytrotter Sessions,” Balcony TV, and Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special” programs. In addition, two of their videos (“Let You Down,” “November”) are being played in regular rotation on The Country Network.
In anticipation of a full-length release, the young couple launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and the resulting November will be released via Rock Ridge Music on November 11, 2013. Accompanied by a full band to fill out their unique sound, this album answers the most common question the couple is asked, “What do you call this music?” You see, for Grace & Tony, November defines the sound “Grassphemy,” a progression of the style “Punkgrass.”
“This album is the next chapter for us, it’s a new set of stories we need to tell,” said Tony. “This music is more mature and shows our natural progression as songwriters. We battle tested the songs and chose the ones that would represent our growth as a duo.”
A lover of English literature and old-style murder mysteries, Grace’s influence on the album is stamped like an antique wax seal; it’s no accident that the album listen is like an epic musical storybook filled with engaging superhero-like characters struggling with love, loneliness, and the identity of self. November is 11 haunting and elegant chapters featuring heroic protagonists in a variety of settings taking on evil mastermind kidnappers, electromagnetic bombs, schizophrenia, and, perhaps the trickiest of all, their own minds. Those looking for that breathtaking happy ending won’t be disappointed either — as the stories come to a close, and an imaginary “The End” is heard, Grace & Tony live happily ever after.
More opportunities for Grace & Tony wait on the horizon as they begin promoting November and prepare for its radio release later this fall. Their dance card is filling up quickly as shows are added to their schedule on a regular basis too, and the duo has inked a deal with Rock Ridge Music, who will be releasing November on November 11, 2013. To further the excitement, they got married in July 2013. Matrimony will no doubt provide more stories and be an influence as they solidify their union and create more music together.