Tuesday October 14, 2014 8:00 pm
Griffin House was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. His father worked in a tire shop and his mother helped place children with foster families. In high school, the athletically gifted House landed a role in a musical and was surprised to learn that he had a natural talent for singing. House bought his first guitar for $100 from a friend, turned down a golf scholarship to Ohio University and instead went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and started to teach himself how to play the guitar and write songs.
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm
House began writing and recording and issued his first independent release, Upland, in 2003. His music attracted attention from Nettwerk, a Vancouver-based management company and record label, and House partnered with the label's American branch to issue Lost & Found in 2004. In August 2004, on CBS Sunday Morning, music journalist Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about Lost and Found, putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. "I bought House's CD after a show in New York City," said Flanagan, "and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend. I was knocked out."
Several self-released albums followed, and in 2008 House released Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featuring Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. House has released the majority of his records on his imprint label, Evening Records. House has toured extensively, opening for artists such as Ron Sexsmith,Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. Since 2007 House has been a national headliner.
He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and two daughters Emma and Clara.
Longest Year is a "voice" i've wanted to express for many years now but didn't know how. What i hoped would take a few weeks - took over a year; because along the way - something happened. What i WANTED - was to have a batch of songs that expressed true transformation - some sort of change or awakening. And in reality - it's exactly what i got: the courage to tell the real story of how my life has been these past number of years. I'm not saying i "found" my true voice - but i'm a whole lot closer than i ever used to be. And with this project - i feel like the hard work paid off.
This project marks a goal i have had for many years: to offer an album that i feel "proud" of. With Longest Year - i've gotten my wish. I'm very proud of this EP.