Grant LaValley is a self-taught musician and self-proclaimed Midwestern schlub. His grandfather gave him his first guitar at eight years old, which collected dust till he lived on the side of a mountain in his twenties, in Covelo, California. It was there in Mendocino County living in a trailer with his cat, that Grant discovered himself as a songwriter.
Sitting on a mountain, listening to heavy hitters like Townes Van Zandt, Grant thought, “well, I bet I got a song or two in me.”
“Weed changed my life,” LaValley says his former line of work gave him the means to break away from the system; gave him the freedom to not pay rent, to be whom he wants, and to pursue what he wants.
Grant made some “money and quit the crazy scene”. On a solo trip in search of affordable land, Grant found Joshua Tree where he bought a cabin and has lived since 2012.
For LaValley it is all about finding time to create as a working class person in our hyper capitalist world. He hopes to inspire others to pursue their art through the mess of a broken system.
“When it comes down to it, I want people to enjoy what I do,” LaValley says about the music he puts out into the world.
So here is A Brighter Day, a collection of uplifting tunes that didn’t appear on the former album, from his darker side: From LaValley Below.
GRANT EARL LAVALLEY
SHARES SINGLE + VIDEO
FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM
A BRIGHTER DAY
VIA EXIT STENCIL RECORDS
Debuted on The Big Takeover
WATCH & SHARE: Grant Earl LaValley – “Summer Angels“
“melodic, yet haunting Gothic folk/Americana”
–The Big Takeover
“his hermetic, almost isolationist approach to music-making certainly marks him as a man who has soaked in sonic stylings that are sweet, sour, and serene, and who has learned how to marry those key songwriting elements to most memorable effect. Keep an eye on him.”
“a perfect listen for brooders and deep thinkers.”
Desert-dwelleing songsmith, Grant Earl Lavalley, returns with “Summer Angels,” the debut track from his forthcoming album, A Brighter Day, due out in 2020. The new song was shared along with a video and a big announcement: he’s moving to LA.
The new album is all about balance; it’s both pretty and haunting gothic-folk-americana. LaValley’s 2017 debut, From LaValley Below, garnered him comparisons to Nick Cave, Townes Van Zandt and Gene Clark’s Cosmic Americana. While those comparisons still ring true, this new selection of sounds is grungier, weirder, and finds LaValley and his Joshua Tree collaborators greatly expanding upon their soundscapes and arrangements; an expansion beyond the more stark folk offerings of the first record.
The first single, “Summers Angel” is a dark electro-folk dirge that is both beautiful and unsettling. The Big Takeover, who premiered the single and video, say, “There’s a fierce tenacity and ‘everyman’ element to this song, as in all of LaValley’s work, but the video also rides on a strong current of nostalgia with its subdued ‘70s Techinolor infusion (not to mention LaValley’s white platform shoes and long locks of hair swaying to the rhythm).”
LaValley’s distinctive and pained baritone commands and propels the album as he vividly paints a picture of life from his off-the-grid cabin in the deserts of Joshua Tree, California. However, LaValley told The Big Takeover: “I guess my desire to make less desert-centric music and my more rock n roll past have taken their toll. Also, I’ve been wanting to be more in the mix, so now I am moving lo L.A. to get a band together and hopefully put on a great show.”
On this news, The Big Takeover says, “So, Los Angeles, get ready for Grant Earl LaValley to bring that Ohio-born, desert-living grit and raw, compelling honestly to a city that’s so often accused of being plastic and fake. It’s definitely a brighter day for LaValley, his collaborators, and listeners of his captivating music.”