Listen to the GRANDSONS
Band Bio

Things are going great for The Grandsons as they move and shake into their 26th year in the world of rock and roll. Recently, the group released their first ever kids' record under the name "the grandsons, Jr." and have been performing kids' shows in addition to their regular itinerary. The new album, "One Big Orooni" 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. And in 2012, the band received an Arts Envoy grant from the 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. After eight years of plying their pop sound around the country as Grandsons of the Pioneers, the group's increasing notoriety resulted in a high-noon showdown with singing cowboys Sons of the Pioneers, who balked at the idea of acknowledging paternity to a low down trumpet-toting, sax-blowing rock and roll band. Counseled by their team of cut-throat lawyers to keep on playing rather than pause to litigate, the band shortened its name to The Grandsons and has been going full throttle ever since.

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 (Bombpop, I Like Dinner), and Steve Sachse (Lloyd Price, Ben E King, Jerry Butler).

Howdy from The Grandsons, the group's 1991 debut produced by ex-Slickee Boy Mark Noone was hailed by the Washington Post as "so free-spirited and so subversively anti-sophisticate that it's practically new territory." After catching a set at Austin's SXSW conference, Rounder Records quickly added the album to its mail order catalog, the Record Roundup. The Grandsons follow up, It's Hip to Flip with The Grandsons, showcased their maturing style with 11 new hard-hitting songs. It's Hip to Flip, which won a Wammie from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), received raves from the Washington Post and DC's City Paper. The Grandsons' third CD, Pan American Shindig, was released on their own label, Whirling House Records, in 1999. The disc has garnered rave reviews from the Washington Post and Washington City paper, as it explores Americana Roots Rock with originals and adaptations of obscure R&B tunes.

The Grandsons fourth CD, Live At The Barns--The Legendary Wolf Trap Recordings Volume 1, was recorded live, in concert, at the Barns of Wolf Trap on May 5, 2001. The CD contains 15 songs never before released on Grandsons recordings. The songs were chosen from the Grandsons vast roots rock repertoire and capture the energy of a typical live show. The Grandsons fifth and sixth CDs, Party With The Rich and Live At The Barns--The Legendary Wolf Trap Recordings Volume 2, both won WAMMIES for BEST ROOTS ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

The Grandsons' popularity with so many different audiences has landed them on bills with national acts such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Huey Lewis & the News, the Iguanas, Terrance Simien, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mighty Blue Kings, and Royal Crown Review. The group has been in the studio recently backing R&B legend Ruth Brown and Texas' Evan Johns for nationally distributed compilations. 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. The Washington Area Music Association has awarded The Grandsons several WAMMIEs since the band started in 1986, in categories such as Artist of the Year, Best Roots Rock Group, Best Roots Rock Recording, Best Album Design, and Best Pop Group. No wonder the Washington Post called The Grandsons "the hardest working band in DC."

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