Listen to the GRANDSONS
Band Bio

Things are going great for The Grandsons as they move and shake into their 3rd decade in the world of rock and roll! Recently, the group released their first ever holiday CD, Christmas with The Grandsons, and headlined at the world famous 930 Club in Washington DC. The Grandsons have also branched out into the kids' music scene with the release of One Big Orooni under the name "the grandsons, Jr." The CD won critical praise from the Washington Post, and one of the songs has been in regular rotation on the SiriusXM show Kids' Place Live. The roots rock quartet has performed extensively throughout the US, and has even toured internationally in Germany, France, Canada, Taiwan, and the British & US Virgin Islands. In 2012, the band received an Arts Envoy grant from the US State Department to perform for a week in El Salvador.

A fan aptly described The Grandsons exuberant sound as "American music in a blender with the lid off." The more prominent elements in this eclectic whirlpool are New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing, and country two-steps. The Grandsons bring with them a pawn shop of instruments. Vocalist-guitarist-trumpeter Alan MacEwen charms audiences with his sly wit and winsome original songs; DC blues veteran Matthew Sedgley locks in the groove on drums and percussion. Saxophonist Chris Watling puts out a sound so meaty and memorable that he is in demand all over as a guest artist and session player. The Grandsons employ first-call bassists to hold down the low end, including Moe Nelson (Hula Monsters, Dan Hicks), John Young (Spottiswoode & His Enemies), Eric Bowers (Third Rail, I Like Dinner), Jim Faris (Charlie Chesterman, Jelly Roll Mortals), and Steve Sachse (Lloyd Price, Ben E King, Jerry Butler).

The Grandsons have released eight CDs, two EPs, and have appeared on dozens of compilation over the years, including Raise the Roof (live recordings from the Barns at Wolf Trap), and various Hungry for Music compilations (backing such notables as Lester Chambers, Evan Johns, and Ruth Brown). Their recordings and live performances have earned them multiple WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association, including Artist of the Year, Best Roots Rock Recording, Best Roots Rock Band, Best Children's Act, Best Album Design, Best Blues Musician (Chris), and best Pop band.

The Grandsons' popularity with so many different audiences has landed them on bills with national acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Huey Lewis & the News, the Iguanas, Terrance Simien, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, NRBQ, Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mighty Blue Kings, and Royal Crown Review. Based in Washington, DC, The Grandsons travel to perform in New York, Texas, and every state in between. In the summer of 1999, the Grandsons made their first overseas performance; they were invited to play a three-week engagement in Taipei, Taiwan. The group has performed sold-out shows at the Barns of Wolf Trap, appeared at Austin's South by Southwest music Festival, The Rocky Gap Festival, The Bethlehem PA Musikfest, The Kennedy Center, and North Carolina's popular Black Mountain Festival and Bele Chere Festival, both in Asheville. No wonder the Washington Post called The Grandsons "the hardest working band in DC."

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