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Boring Conversation Anyway

by Grizzly Goat

Americana music from 4 twenty-something guys and 15 different instruments.
Genre: Country: Americana
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Album Notes
Creatively infusing a bluegrass flavor and a rock 'n' roll vibe, the band Grizzly Goat has created a new music genre in their own right.

When the band was primarily folk-based, previously known as The Wandering Woods, its sound had a more campfire ballad feel, but since new drummer Connor Foshee joined the team, its sound has evolved.

“As a band we go all the way from ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?' bluegrass to almost Black Keys blues rock,” Nate Waggoner, founder and lead singer of the band said.

The band also has unique origins. Waggoner started the band in Las Vegas — a desolate place in the folk music arena as far as Waggoner and Ben Gibson, mandolin and guitar player are concerned.

“Our first show was down in Las Vegas," Waggoner said. "They have perhaps the world's worst folk music community down in Vegas."

“We did have the greatest benefit of being the best folk band in Las Vegas though,” Gibson added.

Given the lack of Vegas folk musicians, Waggoner convinced longtime best friend Gibson to pick up playing the mandolin and join the crew.

“Me and Ben have been best friends since we were like 15, and I got really into folk music and couldn’t find anybody else that liked folk music who was reliable. So, since Ben was already my best friend, I just said ‘hey man here you go — here's a mandolin,’” Waggoner said. “He learned it in a matter of two weeks, and then we played our first show. So, it was just the two of us doing it since we were 17.”

Gibson was reared on classic rock and admits that he was a Styx fan before his “conversion” to folk music.

“We don’t try to make it happen, we just sort of landed ourselves here, in a new genre," Gibson said. "I was raised listening to classic rock and Led Zeppelin and rock and roll, and so was Nate, but he was more integrated in that folk-type of stuff. What we were raised on is what came out between the two of us."

Waggoner and Gibson have found a lot of success in the Provo music community.

“Here (Provo), there are a lot more types of people that listen to more folk music," Gibson said. "It was basically impossible in Las Vegas. It’s not only possible here though, but almost easier in a lot of ways. We have played in Idaho, Nevada and North Carolina, but mostly in Utah."

“Whenever we have played a show in Utah we have had people come up to us and be really ecstatic about the show we just played,” Waggoner added.

The Grizzly Goat plays at range of locations throughout the year, from dive bars to public venues like Velour. During the summer the band tours to local farmers markets and other outdoor venues. Each location brings a different sound and type of person.

“It's harder to play outside sometimes though because they are not necessarily there to listen to you, so you have to get their attention,' Waggoner said. "They love heirloom tomatoes, not necessarily the banjo."

Waggoner said the band will do shows anywhere from coffee shops to Bar Mitzvahs to larger public venues. It likes to play whenever it gets the opportunity, given the busy schedules each band member has in going to school, working and various family obligations.

The band recently released their new EP "Boring Conversation Anyway" at Velour in Provo.

-Sara Jarman, (KSL, 2/20/15)



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