Baby Gramps

9/23/2018 | High Dive

Music Fremont/Ballard

Baby Gramps’ highly original and unusual guitar stylings include flat picking, bare fingered picking, playing with thumb and finger picks, and at times all three on the same song. Along with this, he chords with the back of his hand and his elbow and uses “string snapping” and his original “palm-patting” technique on an acoustic National metal resonator guitar. When he sings he incorporates these guitar techniques in his vocalisthentics along with throat singing. Like Thelonious Monk on piano, he can play “between the cracks” on the guitar. His performance is part improvisation and he often encourages audience participation. Americana roots music of the 20s and 30s, vaudeville, and word play are the main substance of his extensive repertoire.

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