About David

About David

David Grier’s journey to becoming one of the greatest flatpick guitarists in the world started                                                                     at a young age at the feet of Bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe. 

David Grier’s father Lamar Grier, was a member of “Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys”                                                                                        in the mid-1960s. Throughout his childhood, David spent hours listening to Monroe                                                                                    as well as many other prominent pioneers of Bluegrass music. Among the most influential to                                                                     him were flatpick guitarists Clarence White, Tony Rice and Doc Watson.                                                                                                    David Grier quickly found a strong passion for guitar and began to develop                                                                                                  what is now his own world-renowned distinctive style.

In 1985, David Grier moved to Nashville, TN and  began touring and recording with established                                                            acts such as “The Country Gazette” and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)                                                                      Hall of Famer, Doug Dillard. He also formed the band “The Big Dogs” with Andrea Zonn                                                                            and genre-bending, Tony Trischka.

In 1988, David began recording a series of critically acclaimed solo albums for the Rounder Records label.                                              It was these recordings that pushed David to the forefront of the Bluegrass scene and brought him                                                      three IBMA Guitar Player of the Year awards.

In 1996, David became a hero of the contemporary acoustic music scene when he collaborated                                                              with former members of the David Grisman Quintet, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and Todd Phillips.                                                Together, they created the contemporary Bluegrass band, “Psychograss”.                                                                                                    This group set the tone for innovative and forward-thinking acoustic music.

In 1998, David launched his own record label, Dreadnought Recordings. Under this label,                                                                            he released albums, “Hootenanny” with Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien; Highly-acclaimed                                                                           “Live at the Linda” (2007); “Evocative” (2009) featuring Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin,                                                                            and Stuart Duncan; “I’ve Got the House to Myself” (2002), and “Fly On The Wall” (2014).

In 2000, David was recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the                                                                                                      “Artists of the Decade” and his solo album "I've Got the House to Myself" was included in the                                                                      "100 Essential Acoustic Guitar Recordings of All Time." He has also played on                                                                                            four Grammy Award-winning albums (True Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe;                                                                                              The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison Brown’s Fairweather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel).

Recently, David assembled an all-star Bluegrass quartet, “The Helen Highwater String Band” in collaboration                                  with Mike Compton, Shad Cobb, and Missy Raines. With this project, David discovered another side of his artistry                         through songwriting and singing. On his newest upcoming album, “Ways Of The World”, David showcases                                              his vocals for the first time on five original songs. The new album is a brilliant example of David’s expansive                                capability and artistic evolution. He continues to captivate listeners with exciting new material                                                            while keeping traditional virtuosic flatpick guitar at the heart of his sound.