[contextly_sidebar id=”XviqyrfkbQFLsR3tvzttSqBW2ZeQIuQ9″]Jack Grace, who the site posted on a few weeks ago, is both a serious musician and an absurdist. He runs The Jack Grace Band and Van Hayride, a country version of Van Halen.
Grace’s music is on the soundtracks of “Beerfest” and “Super Troopers.” The New York native studied acting at NYU. He has been a commentator on NPR’s “The Takeaway” since 2008.
The Daily Music Break recently spoke with Grace. The podcast is above. “Warm Rock in the Sun” is below.
The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.
Here are some books to check out.
Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.
What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.
The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").
David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.