Griesar Finishes Recording
Waldo L. Jaquith - Saturday July 27, 2001
Former DMB keyboardist Peter
Griesar has completed his first major album. Griesar has released
several discs over the last few years, notably "Disposable
Love Songs" and "From
The Supertanker Dude," though none of them with the benefit
of a producer, contributing musicians or a management group. The
still-untitled album is recorded and mixed, and is now being shopped
around to labels.
Starting in early May, Griesar worked with producer Brian Kehew (whose
credits include Beck, Elvis Costello, Lauren Hoffman, Foo Fighters and The Ramones) in a Hollywood
studio to re-record many of his songs and write a few new ones.
Griesar is one of today's top pop writers, blending funk and jazz with
a rock sensibility and snappy lyrics to create unabashedly catchy
songs. (In fact, Griesar co-wrote Dave Matthews Band's catchy radio
hit "So Much To
Say," which won a Grammy in 1998.) But he's not flying solo
any more: he's got some of the best collaborators that he could ask
Charlottesville bassist Ben Jacobs (Supertanker, The Ninth, The Hogwaller Ramblers), who has
played with Griesar for years, contributes bass. Charlottesville's
ueber-pianist, Art Wheeler, provides keyboards on many songs.
Long-time friend and collaborator Tim Reynolds (most well-known
for his acoustic performances with Dave Matthews) contributes his
famous guitar wizardry, and DMB saxophonist Leroi Moore punches up
the sound with some lively horn playing.
All of this was made possible by Griesar's management team, Flood Zone Entertainment - which
is owned by the same folks that ran the Richmond Flood Zone club where
Dave Matthews Band played for so many years. Now they're shopping a
freshly-burned six-track demo around to studios, including Sony, Dreamworks, ATO Records, RCA, BMG and Epic.
ATO Records is an especially interesting choice, given that the label is owned
entirely by Dave Matthews and his management associates. ATO rocketed
Welsh artist David Gray to
fame over the past year, and hopes to do the same with their two
newest artists, Chris
Whitley and Ben Kweller.
Given ATO's success and Griesar's history with the ATO team, it seems
that having Griesar signed by them would be an ideal relationship.
Flood Zone Entertainment representative J. Tayloe Emery says that the
initial response from labels has been "overwhelmingly positive,
and discussions are underway with most of these labels."
Regardless of whether or not Griesar is signed anytime soon, showcase
performances are being scheduled for late September in Los Angeles,
followed by a tour of the east coast in October and November. With
any luck, some label will be the proud new owner of one Peter Griesar
by then, giving Griesar the time and the money to do a proper
promotional tour, perhaps even hitting a city near you.