Grease Grit and Grime
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Grease Grit and Grime

Nevada City, California, United States | SELF

Nevada City, California, United States | SELF
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Grease, Grit and Grime
Dirty Blues - Studio CD - 10 songs - released 2008

GGG live at Sierra Starr Winery
Live CD - 9 songs - released 2009

Grease Grit and Grime - Live From the Chief Crazy Horse Saloon - spring 2010 - 11 songs.



In the cracks, under the floor boards, and down a deep dark alley you will find Grease, Grit & Grime. Embodying the expression “Dirty Blues”, this group has schooled themselves in Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues and their repertoire includes rootsy-sounding originals as well as standards from greats such as Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, while also paying homage to blues torch-carriers like Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Taj Mahal. The band features guitarist Seth Miner, bassist Shelby Snow, vocalist Chad Conner Crow, harmonica player Scott Hickman and Ty Smith on drums. So, if you got another mule kickin' in yo' stall, ain't no use waitin' fo' that train, grab your biscuit roller and go see Grease, Grit & Grime unleash some downright dirty blues.


Individual Bios:

Chad Conner Crow:

Chad Conner Crow's vocal stylings were initiated with Rock and Motown roots from his hometown in Flint, MI. After taking the Greyhound bus to California at age 18, he began performing in gospel and jazz ensembles in college while pursuing experimental fusion bands in the 90's. Blending rock and soul vocals with a bellowing yet sultry approach he soon found his home in the blues.

Seth Miner:

Raised in a musical family, Seth began playing guitar at the age of 11 after watching his father play for years in local bands. He started with rock music, but soon evolved to blues after searching for the roots of his rock 'n roll idols. Now 32, Seth has spent many years playing in bands and has toured extensively throughout the Northwest. As co-founder of Grease, Grit and Grime he strives to bring authenticity and soul to his favorite art form.

Shelby Snow:

Shelby began playing violin at the age of 12 (1970) under the tutelage of Bob Stern, son of legendary concert violinist Issac Stern. Bass seemed more of a fit, so he began bass lessons under Stern for several months. He was self taught until enrollment at College of Marin Music Dept. in 1984 (No degree, Straight A’s).

In recent years he began playing guitar, steel guitar, percussion, and singing and song writing. Shelby has performed live with Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Carlos Santana, John Cippolina (Zero), Carol King, Lacy J. Dalton, Gene Harris, Johnny Otis, John “Marmaduke” Dawson (New Riders of the Purple Sage), Lazy Lester, Merle Saunders, John Lee Hooker Jr. and many others to round out a career of independent projects that span 35 years. Shelby’s projects include opening performances for Jefferson Airplane, Booker T & the MGs, David Grisman Quintet and Stoneground to name a few.

Ty Smith:

Drummer Ty Smith, a no-nonsense, hard-hitting percussionist who learned about playing the blues in North Beach, San Francisco. Ty played for years with Curtis Lawson and the California Blues Band. He has been gigging in California from L.A. to Lake Tahoe since the early 80's. His strict blues style drumming has led him to gig with greats like James Cotton, Kid Andersen, John Nemeth, Lazy Lester and Ronnie James (Booker T & the MG's), to name a few. Ty brings authenticity to Grease, Grit and Grime with his old-school flavor.

Scott Hickman:

Scott has played with some great people over the years. When he had only been playing harp a few years, he sat in with John Lee Hooker at a party. He met L.C. ‘Good Rockin’’ Robinson one night in Oakland and fell in with him over the next few years, playing with him in various locations in San Francisco and Oakland until his passing. He did a gig with Barry “The Fish” Melton. During this time, he gigged in Luther Tuckers band along with Freddie Roulette.

One time in ’76 or ’77 Scott subbed for Charlie Musselwhite at the request of his sax player and childhood friend "Daddy” Ray Arvizu at a gig in Bakersfield California, when Charlie was too sick to leave the motel room. In 1980, Scott got to perform with Bloomfield & Gravenites, not long before Michael passed away. In the eighties he performed with Troyce Key in the house band at Eli's Mile-High House on blues jam nights. He also appeared on an album with Canned Heat associate Jimmy Roberts.

On the Friday after Christmas '08 Scott flew to Memphis on a whim. The next day he drove to Clarksdale, Miss., and checked into the Ground Zero and stayed three nights. During the days he wandered around the North Delta and saw a lot of graves. He read about the history of the blues, and saw a lot of the places he read about.