Jeremiah Griffin

I am always on the look out for new and up and coming music around my area, but I was not expecting to be listening to Jeremiah Griffin that night. To be honest, I was about to just get off of work and then go home, but this show at Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar caught my eye. Three years ago, I used to live on that side of Fayetteville and I had regretted not exploring it enough. To my surprise, this coffeehouse exists and apparently this venue has live music on a regular basis. I was just glad to find a place to go where I could listen to a musician I had never heard of. My mission: to search for a “brain drain” and seek a higher standard of music experience.

If I was to describe the sound of Jeremiah Griffin @jergriffin, the first words that come to mind are “clean smoke” or “coarse folk rock,” but when interviewing him, “classic rock, country, & original” was the definition he chose to describe his music.

The rest of the interview went like this…

What are your influences? “Jim Croce, Bob Dylan, Opera, & Music Theater,”

What is your new album called? “So far it is unnamed, but I might name it ‘Retrospective‘ or I’ll name it the first song title on the album.”

Do you have a favorite song you like to play? “It changes, but currently it’s (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding by Elvis Costello & The Imposters.”

What would you want someone to know about your music if they had never heard or listened to you before? “My music is vocally driven and I let my voice carry the song due to my formal training in music.”

If you haven’t listened to Jeremiah Griffin, I recommend expanding your horizons on his music. I am sad that I did not get to listen to his band Griffin & Friends, but here is a clip of them at George’s Majestic Lounge: here. I must say, that I do enjoy the contrast between having only listened to his voice with just an acoustic guitar versus listening to what he sounds like accompanied with an entire band. My favorite quality about Jeremiah Griffin’s voice is his diction. I love being able to understand the words to a song no matter who is singing it. It helps with the comprehension of a song so much for me. Also, it was amazing watching someone who can engage an audience with just his voice and an acoustic guitar. It creates a powerful statement to a first time listener.

This is my first music interview and many more to follow in the journey towards pursuing entertainment journalism.

I hope all of you keep pursuing your “brain drain” & keep dreaming.

Video Link in Instagram: 
9/26/20 @ Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar-Jeremiah Griffin

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