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Grant Peeples is a compelling and gritty performer; his fresh, honest, incisive, and eloquent songs command your attention. He’s an original writer with a strong political awareness, writing for the little guys downtrodden by the world in the rush for ever greater prosperity. Grant will perform in benefit for WSLR Community Radio at 8pm on Friday, January 11th at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Local songwriter Dean Johanesen will open the show. Tickets are $8 in advance/$12 at the door and are available via the website www.wslr.org or at the WSLR studios.
Grant Peeples was destined to become a songwriter at the age of 16 when he heard Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country.” He went on to drink in the works of classic country artists such as Lefty Frizzel, Guy Clark, and Merle Haggard. What resulted was a voice that Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange calls "laced with Waits, Cash, & Cohen" and a style that he proclaims “Leftneck.”
“I'm a vegetarian that watches NASCAR, a tree-hugger that keeps a gun under the seat," he says. His latest release, Prior Convictions, produced by Americana icon Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen) is earning top ratings on both national and European Americana/ Roots charts. He has toured both east and west coasts, Texas, and every shore in his home state of Florida, playing at venues that range from concert halls to biker bars to Unitarian church services. Of his latest record, The Americana Gazette says, “Grant Peeples’ Prior Convictions is real as hell, and beautiful to boot…”
Dean Johanesen is a storyteller, a craftsman and a touching performer. His powerful work ethic and craftsmen like musicality has quickly solidified Dean’s position as one of Sarasota's finest musicians. In his first solo LP, A Time and a Place, Johanesen explores themes of hurt and forgiveness to keep his loved ones alive through song.