Brian Griffith

Radio Music Director and On Air Host


The band Mipso, which plays what has been called "North Carolina renegade traditional music," will join Brian Griffith in studio Friday on December 4 at 11 am. They'll be appearing at Hopmonk in Sebastopol that evening.

The renegade traditionalists of Mipso are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010, these four North Carolinians are touring the country to support their 2013 release, Dark Holler Pop.

Hear local singer-songwriter Tony Gibson in studio Monday, 10 am-ish. Gibson creates songs with a tapestry of pop-laden melodies, brutally honest lyrics, and infectious musical hooks. His live performances capture a vibrant energy, sing-a-long choruses, and raw emotion, unlike any other. His stage presence is fiery, honest, at times humorous, and provides an overall captivating experience.

Having performed with everyone from Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Keith Richards to Paul Simon and Mavis Staples, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams breakout with their self-titled debut album. It's a scorching collection of roots-rock songs featuring 8 originals and 3 covers including one song performed with the great Levon Helm before his passing.

They will be joining host Brian Griffith on Thursday, October 8 in the 10 o'clock hour.

Tuesday, May 26: Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful  Dead calls in to chat with Brian Griffith. Kreutzmann was the drummer for the Grateful Dead, along with Mickey Hart. Together, they were known as the band's "rhythm devils." Kreutzmann toured with the band for 30 years. He was born in Palo Alto, California, in 1946. In sixth grade, he was kicked out of band class by a teacher who said he couldn't keep a beat, but took drum lessons and helped form the Grateful Dead in 1964.

A theatrical group of musicians, Intuitive Compass is now a family band that has been known to fluctuate in numbers and style. The group was started in the North Bay in January 2011 by a few determined young buskers. From a one-man show to a six-piece band, never the same look, always the essence of the nomadic soul. Intuitive Compass presents a variety show, ranging from theatrical acts, skits, tales, rants, but most importantly original folk songs. Hear them sing some of their original music this Monday, April 13, on the morning show with Brian Griffith.

Here are Brian's top ten for the year that was...

Beck, Morning Phase

Lake Street Dive, Bad Self Portraits

Nikki Lane, All or Nothin'

Spoon, They Want My Soul

Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else

Luther Dickinson, Rock N Roll Blues

Jenny Lewis, The Voyager

John Fullbright, Songs

Pieta Brown, Paradise Outlaw

The Mastersons, Good Luck Charm

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