JPR Live Sessions Presented By Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Griffin House

May 10, 2019

After moving to Nashville in the early aughts to live with two buddies from college, Griffin House got a job at a shop on Broadway called Legend’s Gifts selling souvenirs to tourists and made a five-song demo called the “Never Sessions” with friends Ian Fitchuk and Justin Loucks. From there, the ball started rolling, but not without a few stalls. House eventually ended up deciding to make an album with Dreamworks Records in Los Angeles, but the record label folded the day before he was supposed to fly to L.A. to start recording. Later that week,he was invited to go on my first real tour in America opening for “Over the Rhine,” but two shows in, the whole tour was cancelled.

House came home to Nashville, and friends offered to play for free and helped make his first full length record, “Lost and Found,” which led to his first record deal with Nettwerk America. Nettwerk put the record out in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and House signed with Nettwerk Management and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In 2011, House parted ways with Nettwerk Management and CAA and became an independent artist. Since then, he's toured the country mostly solo-acoustic, played nearly 600 shows, and made several more albums, including Balls, Songs for a Prisoner (Live from Prison), and So On and So Forth.

His new record Rising Star, set for release on June 28th, is a reunion with Moak and Fitchuk. Several of the songs on the new album feature co-writes with artist friends, including Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow) and Joy Williams (The Civil Wars).