New Album “The Narrows” Announced Today.

Greetings from Tennessee!

With the year coming to a close, we enter the season of gathering and reflection. We also fix our eyes and our hopes on the new. I have a great deal to be thankful for and some news about my upcoming album that I’m eager to share. I’m thrilled to announce that my new album The Narrows will be released on March 18, 2016 on Yep Roc Records. The Narrows will be available for pre-order beginning December 3. By pre-ordering you’ll also be able download the new song Cry Cry immediately!

Pre-order the new album The Narrows

American Songwriter has just written a great feature on the song Cry Cry.

Read the American Songwriter article and listen to Cry Cry

Folk Radio UK will also be premiering the song this week.

Listen to Grant-Lee on Folk Radio UK

Cry Cry is available for streaming here

Touring so much, over the last year, has given me a chance to introduce a lot of new songs. If you made it out to the show, then there’s a good chance you heard me sing Cry CryLoaded GunSmoke And Sparks and other yet to be released songs. The thirteen song album was recorded in Nashville, where I now call home. As I’ve hinted in previous months, The Narrows is partly acoustic and partly electric, all of it featuring the raw intensity of a trio. Much of what you hear is live on the floor, bleed n’ all. Some of it simmers, some of it thunders. I feel it’s a potent brew of my most natural inclinations. The title comes from a lyric in one of the songs. Moccasin Creek features a line about going “Down to the Narrows, where the water picks up…” It’s that place in the river where the current is treacherous. There are times in life like that – when things intensify and I found the title to be an apt one.

The CD, vinyl LP and download will all be available through Yep Roc, in addition to record outlets worldwide. There’s also a cool t-shirt so make sure to take advantage of the great bundles Yep Roc is offering. Check out the Yep Roc store!

The CD, vinyl LP and download will all be available through Yep Roc, in addition to record outlets worldwide. There’s also a cool t-shirt so make sure to take advantage of the great bundles Yep Roc is offering.

The Yep Roc store

And of course come on out to the show! The Tour kicks off in January 2016. I’ll be joining the line-up at the 7th annual 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa beach, Florida January 15 -17. With Jackson Browne, Shovels And Rope, it’s going to be a great event! Next San Diegan singer Steve Poltz and I take to the road for a duel-headliner, followed by a number of solo dates and my European Tour starting in April. (more dates to come, please follow the updates at

Looking back. It’s been a busy one, 2015. Lot’s of travel, lot’s of shows. From living rooms to European theaters and festivals, it’s been a year on the go. Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, shared the wheel for a bunch of these shows, as did Steve Poltz last spring. One of the year’s highlights for me was the Aarhus Festuge in Denmark, where I had the opportunity to perform with Joe Henry, Billy Bragg and Rhiannon Giddens. Backed by Bob Dylan’s long time bassist Tony Garnier, Danish pianist Diego Schissi and multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljungren, it was a night to cherish. My friend Howe, who has nearly adopted Aarhus as a second home, performed the following night with Giant Sand, calling up guests that included myself, M. Ward and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelly. Looking back on it, 2015 found me performing with others on several occasions. One of the most memorable was playing mandolin and harmonizing with my friend, comic-singer Margaret Cho on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert back in November. Australian singer Ben Lee, rapper/DJ Princess Superstar and I had the pleasure of joining Margaret on her tune called “Lice.” You can check it out!

Margaret Cho Sings “Lice”

Hope that one made you smile or at least scratch your head.

Again, thank you for your continued interest and please keep an ear to ground for The Narrows and upcoming shows. Here’s to a blessed and more peaceful New Year!




One last show this year!


December 16 – THE 5 SPOT
Rhapsody’s bringin’ the Holiday Party to Music City with music by Grant-Lee Phillips, Lilly Hiatt and Cole Tyson. Tickets at the door.
Doors 9:00 PM
Strict 21+ policy


JANUARY 2016 w/Steve Poltz

January 13 – Santa Rosa Beach, FL @ 30A Writers Festival
January 14 – Santa Rosa Beach, FL @ 30A Writers Festival
January 16 – Santa Rosa Beach, FL @ 30A Writers Festival
January 17 – Santa Rosa Beach, FL @ 30A Writers Festival
January 19 – St. Petersburg @ The Hideaway
January 20 – St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven
January 21 – Decatur GA @ Eddie’s Attic
January 22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
January 26 – Charlottesville, VA @ Southern Cafe & Music Hall
January 27 – Ashland, VA @ Ashland Coffee & Tea
January 28 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

FEBRUARY 2016 w/Steve Poltz

February 04 – Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
February 05 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
February 06 – Natick, MA @ Center for the Arts in Natick
February 08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Pittsburgh Winery
February 09 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
February 10 – Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
Febraury 11 – Chicago, IL @ City Winery
February 16 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
February 17 – Kansas City, MO @ Folk Alliance
February 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Folk Alliance

APRIL 2016

April 01 – Los Angeles, CA @ McCabe’s Guitar Shop
April 18 – Cantu, Italy @ All’1.35
April 19 – San Costanzo @ Teatro della Concordia
April 20 – Bologna, Italy @ Bravo Cafe
April 21 – Graz, Austria @ Orpheum Extra
April 22 – Vienna, Austria @ B72
April 24 – Copenhagen @ Vega Jnr.
April 25 – Berlin, Germany @ Monarch
April 26 – Amsterdam @ Bitterzoet
April 27 – Paris, France @ Pop Up Du Label
April 28 – London, England @ Borderline
April 29 – Bristol, England @ Louisiana
April 30 – Manchester, England @ Deaf Institute

MAY 2016

May 01 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans

Visit at