Kristen Grainger and the band True North got here out with a brand new album in June. The title monitor garnered the singer a second-place win on the USA Songwriting Competitors.
Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, the core members of folks and bluegrass quartet Kristen Grainger & True North, have had loads of time to rehearse at residence for the reason that Covid-19 outbreak. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Kristen Grainger likens songwriting to creating a pie crust – don’t deal with it an excessive amount of or it’ll prove incorrect.
The title monitor of her band’s most up-to-date album, “Ghost Tattoo,” got here out simply, she stated.
“I knew precisely what I wished to say,” she stated. “I simply play with these unbelievable nice pickers they usually simply actually introduced it to life.”
It additionally gained the Salem musician second place on the annual USA Songwriting Competitors and first place within the folks style. The win got here with $11,000 in money and merchandise.
The track, titled “Hold the River on the Proper,” is about discovering a means via the ups and downs in life.
Grainger’s husband, Dan Wetzel, would hear his dad use that phrase once they’d go looking or fishing in case he overpassed him.
The couple fashioned the bluegrass band True North in 2005 and later morphed into performing a mix of folks and Americana as they began writing their very own music.
Grainger was late to songwriting though she has performed in bands since she was 15.
“I didn’t really feel like I had something to share till I had a bit extra water beneath the bridge,” she stated.
She began writing songs in her early 30s and wrote “The lengthy tearful goodbye” as she was going via a tough time.
Since that first track, Grainger has gained a number of songwriting contests from MerleFest in North Carolina to Telluride Bluegrass Competition in Colorado.
Earlier this 12 months, True North recorded its most up-to-date album in Sunriver. Grainger give up her job as in communications Willamette College to pursue music full time. Then the pandemic hit.
“The laborious factor for musicians is there’s loads of free time however you’re not making any cash,” she stated. “Should you don’t produce new music, it’s laborious to get booked.”
Grainger stated the upside is that she’s been in a position to work on new music.
Requested what band she would liken her sound to, she stated “I’ve solely heard this one time however the perfect description was the love youngster of Alison Krauss, Union Station and John Prine.”
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