Griffin House’s show at SubCulture on Thursday night was full of both musical and non-musical storytelling. There may have been a little too much non-musical talking and storytelling, but all part of the experience I suppose.
The singer/guitarists’ solo gig featured hauntingly melodic songs from his eight album catalog including “The Guy That Says Goodbye To You Is Out of His Mind,” “Go Through It,” “Waste Another Day,” “Real Love Can’t Pretend,” “Let Me In,” “Liberty Line,” and “Better Than Love.”
Griffin’s soft and subtle personality and vocal style made for an intimate setting, as without a backing band, it really allows the artist/listener interpretation of the music to get to the very elemental core of what each song is trying to say. While I would’ve loved to hear Griffin’s music with drums and a bass, it was a special experience hearing such a great songwriter tells his stories in a very organic setting.
Maybe my favorite song of the night was a song called “Judas” off his 2003 album Upland. It was a song he played in a non-Johnny Cash like prison concert in Nashville, but the songs brilliant lyrical content, such as; “I was one of the twelve/Part of the gang/Now I see it so clearly/From the place where I hang” that really drew listeners in. The live recording is also on the 2014 album Songs For A Prisoner.
Article by: Tom Shackleford
Photos by: Adrienne Batra