American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grant-Lee Phillips will release a new album in April 2020 on Yep Roc, his tenth in a 20 year solo career.
He previously led the group Grant Lee Buffalo in the 1990s, is also an actor, and has scored tv and movie soundtracks
Exploring folk, alternative, pop and Americana, Grant Lee Buffalo was a seminal ‘90s mainstay. Even in the wake of disbanding in ’99, albums like Fuzzy and Mighty Joe Moon remain enigmatic treasures, that new generations are drawn to. So much so, that Grant Lee Buffalo embarked on a string of reunion dates in 2011, and more recently oversaw a major reissue of their catalogue
As for Phillips, his solo music career has constantly evolved, diving into deeper adventurous waters with each project. Fans have come to accept that Phillips would always prioritize creative discovery, while resisting the expected.
Something he could never expect occurred in 2001 when Phillips was approached about a role on a newly burgeoning TV show called The Gilmore Girls. “The Town Troubadour was sort of a cartoon version of myself. I had no idea it was going to snowball into multiple seasons, coffee mugs and syndication as it did. The show turned a lot of new people onto my music.”
Acting wouldn’t curb Phillips’ consistent output however. Mobilize, Virginia Creeper, Nineteeneighties, Strangelet and Little Moon would follow – each a document of his life in that moment. On his 2012 release Walking in the Green Corn he drew from his Native American heritage. A year later Phillips relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville, marking a new creative chapter, inspiring The Narrows, and a further Widdershins followed in 2018
His eyes remain fixed on the work at hand and that of tomorrow. His tour schedule finds him circling the globe many times over in a given year. Constant movement, physically and creatively is almost a mantra. Say’s Phillips, “I could never sit still.“