Brian Wheat and Groggy Darlin'

Brian Wheat and Groggy Darlin'

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Brian Wheat & Groggy Darlin' are powerful in their quietness, creating space and depth with their minimalistic sound, complimenting a songwriters elegance to lyricism. A breath of ease in an increasingly cluttered and chaotic world. "Sad and strong. A borrowed song, that you somehow made your own"

Biography

2008 Top Ten Bands in Buffalo - WBFO 88.7 FM's Alison Zero

2007 Best Solo Artist- Best of Western New York; Buffalo Spree Magazine

2007 Nominated Best Acoustic Artist- Artvoice

Having recorded their debut album "Where You Have Been" in a rustic barn converted sound studio, Brian Wheat & Groggy Darlin' speak volumes about progress in juxtaposition to history and how one defines a sense of place in an ever expanding and quickening culture. Rooted in the once prosperous city of Buffalo, Brian Wheat and the boys know a thing or two about appreciation for the past, as well as drive for constant improvement and exploration. The graceful nature with which these colossal and seemingly polarized notions are handled by Brian Wheat and Groggy Darlin' is a force that exudes from their subtly transcendent music.

In casual conversation, Brian Wheat is a man who pauses occasionally, carefully pondering each
exchanged word before responding. Similarly, his songwriting demonstrates fascinating detail that
surpasses simple storytelling, and delves into patient studies of the emotional context surrounding a
moment. It is clear that the strong sense of community that exists in Buffalo, NY, his current roost,
has manifested itself in the themes of home and human connection that pervade his work.

In his youngest years Wheat spent his childhood in a small Upstate New York town where he yearned
for a broader scope and greater diversity, but also developed a deep admiration for the tradition and
intimacy of a close-knit community. However, despite learning the virtue of being rooted, Brian has
not been one to stand still. Somewhere in between he has performed at Moroccan festivals, busked in
Spain, played for room and board at Australian hostels, shared folk songs with Fijian natives, earned
degrees in biology and education, and perfected the art of the falafel as a short-order cook. Wheat’s
desire to combine mobility and exploration, and a need for intimate connection, rings clear throughout
his current and continually growing body of work.

Fortified with a dynamic, evocative voice and songs that float with both a secular religion of home and
the architecture of ghostly pasts, Wheat blends the immediately tangible with an elusive sense of the
enduring. Being influenced by the distinctive songwriting of groups like Cake, Creedence Clearwater
Revival, Iron and Wine, and Neil Young, there is a refreshing reality to Wheat’s music; revealing
layered continuums of experience, rather than clean, simplified absolutes. You can expect to be
carefully ushered through a place suspended somewhere between modernity and bygone eras,
without the risk of being trapped in either of the two.
Wheat has also developed an extraordinary ability to combine his impressive
guitar, banjo, and harmonica chops with a keen knowledge of how and
when (and when not) to employ them in service of a song.

Accompanying this subtle phrasing is his band Groggy Darlin’, an all-star cast of Western
New York music veterans. Bassist Peter Williams, multi-instrumentalist
Peter Gerace, and drummer Mark Longolucco map out the peaks and
valleys that define the music’s weathered landscapes and consistently
complement Wheat’s rare ability to bring a crowded room to an attentive
silence. Together, they create music that is at once earthy, refined, organic,
melodic, and perfectly suited for the time-honored format and progressive
delivery that is characteristic of Wheat’s songwriting.

The band’s moving live performances, as well as Wheat’s solo works,
have garnered him a diverse and expansive fan base, as well as support
positions for some of today’s most exciting national and international
artists, including Band of Horses (Sub Pop), Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil
Moon), Hamell on Trial (Righteous Babe Records), David Dondero (Team
Love), Olde Tyme Relijun (K Records), Rachel Ries (Waterbug), Robert Blake
(Same Room Records), and Ember Swift (Few’ll Ignite).

Lyrics

Bird Song

Written By: Brian Wheat

There's one more bird left in the yard.
You'll find him there with borken arms.
And love him with vines instead of yarn.
He'll wrestle with your instruments, so shiny and new, and he'll show you you've no idea what to do.

Stop foolin' around with your placement. Stop foolin around in your basement.

The final site he shoulda known, you replaced it with fluorescent glow and a window to frame a place he would call home.
The ground that waits for him to fall will settle now for nothing at all.
And the wind blows to fill your sails and guide you home.

Stop foolin' around in your basement. Stop foolin' around with your placement.
Like a painting you found in your basement.

Discography

2005- Half Little Hold EP (Out of print)
2007- Where You Have Been (Full Length)

official website: www.brianwheatmusic.com
official myspace: www.myspace.com/brianwheat

Set List

1. If Memory Serves
2. Relentlessness
3. End Of The World
4. For Someone Else
5. The Days You Would Play
6. Setting Soon
7. Early Days
8. Tired Old Man
9. Bird Song
10. Where Have You Been
11. Perfect Disguise
12. Underneath Your Breath

set times vary 30-90 min with more or fewer songs.
mostly original songs, covers as needed for specific events.