Frank Grubbs

Frank Grubbs

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Frank's music combines a rich acoustic sound with thoughtful and searching lyrics to create a truly emotional response in the listener. Including elements of faith and American experience his songs touch the very corners of human existence.

Biography

"Songs are like little tiny slivers of our lives, and as musicians we're always watching for those deeper moments; you have to, because it's not the surface that's interesting, it's not the surface that changes people." -- Frank Grubbs

Frank started writing in 2001 after returning from university where he studied classical piano performance. Influenced by a wide range of musicians and styles, his music is at once eclectic and cohesive; a thread of common experience that runs through everything he writes. Including elements of faith and American experience his lyrics touch the very corners of human existence.

Frank was born into a family of deep faith, his father a pastor and church planter in the mid-east. He grew up around hymns and gospel music and often heard folk and 60’s rock albums around the house. On a Sunday afternoon at the age of five his parents found him plinking out the hymn-tunes of that morning’s service on a toy piano. They knew immediately that there was talent in this kid. Years later, those early influences are easily spotted in the unique sound Frank creates as he sits at the piano or cradles a guitar.

Growing artistically and as a writer over the past several years, Frank has compiled a wealth of well crafted songs. In November 2004 he independently released ‘Brother Frank’, which samples his warm but intricate acoustic sound. While he thoroughly enjoys the recording process, it is in performance that he really comes alive; and one only has to sit with him on a couch to get a taste of the passion he has for life, music, and the God that gave him both.

Lyrics

Kiss the Son

Written By: Frank Grubbs

I have my own scarlet letters
They are sewn deep within my skin
They mark me so imperfectly
For a perfect day

Chorus
When I reach up
And You bend low
To wrap around my shoulders wedding clothes
I kiss the Son
Lest I forget
Who it is to me that gave salvation's gift

I am pressed now in the wheels of living
Though I try I cannot unwind their spell
But the Master of the Feast
Will give me better wine
Than I would choose to drink
On that great day

© 2004 Frank Grubbs
All rights reserved - Use by permission only

If You Can

Written By: Frank Grubbs

Don’t you come, don’t you come
To this bitter town now
Pedaling your news
I like my fun, I like my trips
To last me through the winter
I can see that lily in your hand

Can’t you see, can’t you see
That I’m happy in the street
Cold with the strangers
There I fly free between the lines
Keeping all the rules
Sit still and wait to die

Chorus
You can dig the apple from my heart
If You can climb up my fence
You can whisper truth into my ear
If You can rise above my scream
They would call me a lover
If You got close enough
To make love out of fear

I search my world, I search my books
For that magic metaphor
To stop my dizzy mind
To put You down to figured out
And keep me safe
From Your so-called Promised Land

Bridge
I have found a place for You
That’s safe enough for me
And when I finally catch You
I will nail You there
Come round every once a while
And sing my songs to You
You will tell me what You Think
I may listen, I may not

You can dig the apple from my heart
If You can climb up my fence
You can make the world beautiful to me
If You can convince me I’m not ugly
They would call me a lover
If You got close enough
To make love out of fear

Can You make love out of fear

© 2005 Frank Grubbs
All rights reserved - Use by permission only

Discography

Brother Frank (2004 Independent Release)
Black Bird (Coming in 2006)

Set List

ORIGINAL MATERIAL
(enough material to fill approx. 120min.)
Not a Failure
Faith Is
Jesus Meek
Showdown
Identity
Black Bird
Bethlehem Steel
Prayer on a Sunday Night
Saints
Doves for Sale
Open Letter
Come Ye Disconsolate
If You Can
Kiss the Son
Parting Thoughts
Seam in the Vine
Won't Regret
Lady
Old Man
Etc...

COVERED MATERIAL
(enough cover material to fill 45min.)
Frank often performs covers by Rich Mullins, Steven Delopolous, Bob Dylan, Derek Webb, and others...