“Rising Star” is not a phrase one would normally use to describe an artist like Griffin House, who has been touring for over 15 years and has recorded 12 studio albums. The title of Griffin House’s upcoming release, ”Rising Star,” references the first track on the album, which tells the story of a character who moves to Music City, like so many do, with a guitar and a dream. Although not intended to be auto-biographical, the listener gets the sense that this comical and fictitious tale could hardly have been woven by someone with out a similar life experience to the protagonist in “Rising Star.” Indeed, House’s story began in much the same way. He moved to Nashville in 2003,as a young man, with not much more than a guitar, and a handful of songs.
He took a part-time job downtown on Broadway at Legend’s Gifts, biding his time before he caught his big break. That big break came, after just a few months, in the form of a phone call from Island Def Jam records that jumpstarted his career and led to him signing with CAA and Nettwerk Records. After that,things happenedquickly for House. His 2004debut album“Lost andFound” was lauded by music critics such as Bill Flanagan (Executive VP MTV/VH1 Networks) who featured House on the CBS Sunday Morning showas one of the “best emerging songwriters.” House began touring, opening for acts like John Mellencamp and the Cranberries,and found himself meeting people like Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nelson. House seemedpoised to be more of an “overnight success” ratherthan a ”rising star,” but that’s not exactly howthings turned out. “I’ve been a “rising star” for the past 15 years” House jokes, “it’s a slow rise.” Although House has enjoyed plenty of success as national headliner for overa decade and has earned a greatdeal of respect asa well-known performerand singer-songwriter,he seems to not take himself or his career in the music industry too seriously. Now married, sober, and a father, House has learned to balance hiscareer by making his family and his sobriety his first priority.
He pays tribute to his wife and children (with) “When the Kids are Gone,” a songabout watching his daughtersgrowup and imagining he and his wife as empty-nesters. There’s a lightness in his new record that comesacross especially in the firstfewssongs,suchas“MightyGoodFriend,”whereyou canhearhiskids on the recording, as well as the sense of humor in “15 Minutesof Fame.” House acknowledgesthat his new album is a collaborative effort. “I teamedup with my old buddies Paul Moak and Ian Fitchuk who helped me makemy veryfirstrecord L o st a n d F o u n d . Itwassogoodtoreunitewith themand work together again. It’s amazing that these guysI started out with in the very beginning are now world class musicians and producers beingnominated and winning Grammys. This albumseemed to come togetherwithalittlemoregraceandeasethanrecordsI’ve madein thepast, andI think so much of that is attributed to howgood the people I got worth with on this recordare, they all just happen to be really good friends too.” Several songs on House’s album arealso co-writes with friendsand fellow Nashville musicians, including Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow) and Joy Williams (The Civil Wars). “I usually lockmyself in a room for 8 hours at a time until I have enough songsdone,”Housesays,“Butwithtouring part timeandbeingadad part time,thataddsupto full timejob,soIdecidedtocallinalittle helpfrommy friends to write some of these songs. Some songs come easier than others,” says House. “I wrote Mig h t y G o o d F rie n d with Brian (Elmquist) andit’s a song abouthow I’d been fighting throughwriter’s block, and then thereare songs like Change that I wrotewith Joy(Williams). We sat on her couch one morningand I remembershowing her the idea for the verse. We worked on the wordsfor an hour ortwo, and thenout of nowhere she sangthis beautiful chorus. We broke for lunch and came back and finished it that afternoon. It was one ofthose songs that took years to live andonly one short day to write.”
“I love making music with friends,” says House. “ Hindsight was another onewith my friend Brian (Elmquist). We share some similarities including
our journey into sobriety together. There’s a line in the song “I’ve been thinking lately, of a boy young and on the run” that always makes me imagine Brian as a little boywith a dream, both running away from a hard pastandontowardabrighterfuture. We’veformedabondandfriendship throughmusic and sobriety, and I think you can feel that in the songs we wrotetogether.” Just when you thinkyou have House’s albumpegged, there seems to be a surprisearound every corner. Each song is distinct in its own own way. The heavy guitar on “Hung Up On You,” a song that House says is a break up letteraddressed to alcohol, gives way to the intro of “Cup of Fulfillment” which starts with a bag pipe solo and leads the listener on an epic journey thatcrescendos into one of the record’smost moving moments. We catch a glimpse of a much morerock n’ roll side of House than we’ve heardbeforefromthePinkFloyd-esque“CrashandBurn”totherowdypunk influenced “NaturalMan.” House’s new album “Rising Star” is set forrelease on June 28th2019. Also set forrelease in 2019,is afulllengthfilm called“Rising Star,”inwhich House stars and co-produceswith music video director and film-maker Shane Drake. The film featuresmusic fromHouse’s newalbum as well as hisprevious catalogue and chronicles his life as a musician.
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