Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary Room), 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
8pm doors, 8:30pm show, $15 adv, $18 dos, Buy Tickets
Three parts Welsh, one part German and 90% Native American — the math doesn’t quite make sense, but that’s his story and he’s sticking to it.
Born in Springfield, OH now residing in East Nashville, TN, Griffin House didn’t begin playing guitar and writing songs until he was 18. The power of his music struck an emotional connection with audiences immediately. The athletically gifted House shocked his family by turning down a golf scholarship to focus on a new path making music, but there were some issues to deal with first – he couldn’t play the guitar he’d bought from and friend, nor had he ever written a song. He took a couple lessons, wrote a song for his old high school girlfriend and brought her to tears when he played it for her. He was hooked, “What I was drawn to was the power of the song, how it could affect people emotionally.”
After graduating, he joined some of his buddies who’d moved to Nashville, and started doing solo gigs and opening shows for bigger names in local clubs. Within months, he was headlining, surprising himself at his rapid development. Catching the eye of music industry honcho’s, House signed with Nettwerk and banged out his first CD with his band in five days. He spent most of the subsequent three years on the road, while also finding time to record several “direct-to-fan” releases, a pair of EPs (House of David Vol. 1 & 2) and the 2006 digital release Homecoming.
His intelligent and heart-felt lyrics and melodies in such songs as “The Guy Who Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind” and “Better Than Love” from his 8th and current release BALLS have garnered commercial and critical acclaim alike. From being featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, to touring with the likes of John Mellencamp and the Cranberries, House continues to gain national recognition headlining his own tour across the U.S. And most recently, Griffin can also be heard on the Jackson Browne Tribute album ‘Looking Into You‘ with his cover of Barricades of Heaven.