“Jonny Grave” 2018

"The hard-earned grit and sweat of Jonny Grave’s down-home blues stylings both reflect brightly and soak through his wildest release to date." --Anthony Porrecco, Host/Creator, Hometown Sounds

"...["By & By"] the album closer is about some of the characters Grave might have encountered during his 200 nights a year playing live. It's going from bluesman into E Street Band territory and that might be a good direction. He's already playing marathon shows, shining a light on his band and singing about the working class." --Brandon Wetherbee, Managing Editor, Brightest Young Things

"It's like blues, lo-fi, and slide guitar got together, and their love child, Jonny Grave, has been sent from above to steal your heart and serenade your very soul.” --Brian Nelson-Palmer, Host, WERA 96.7FM

"The howling, sweat-dripping-off-the strings, stomp of 'Fever' reveals the Mississipi-mud soaked heart of Jonny Grave at his purest. Grave isn’t so much playing the blues as he is channeling the dusty, backroad truths of one of America’s greatest legacies.” --Kevin Hill, Host/Creator, Chunky Glasses

"Grave's vocals and slide guitar shine... Listen if you're feeling melancholy, wild, or if you just want a reminder that blues is alive and well in the District." --Katie Bowles, Contributor, DC Music Download


“Broadcaster Believer Revelator Repeater” 2016

Standout Track: “Wade”, the first single from Jonny Grave’s new album, Broadcaster/Believer/Revelator/Repeater, is a dark, murky blues tune that builds as Grave repeats, “I’m gonna wade/ I’m gonna wade/ I’m gonna wade my way through the muddy water on the way back to dry land.” A warm resonance radiates from the guitar that sounds both old and new. “It’s probably the least derivative song I’ve written to date,” Grave tells WCP in an email.

Musical Motivation: In 2015, Grave played 200 gigs around the country. It was a great but trying year, he admits, and “Wade” “is about continuing to walk forward, regardless of the circumstances.” The song, he says, “sets the tone for the whole album.” “It’s kind of a mantra… When you play the same songs over and over, they open little doors, like tiny revelations, about other tunes, and how they’re all connected.”

Blue Suede Pews: Grave recorded Broadcaster/Believer/Revelator/Repeater in a converted church in Tupelo, Miss. he discovered thanks to sound engineer Cedric Williams. Williams invited Grave to the church to record and, Grave writes, “we recorded from about noon to 2 p.m., ripped through eight songs, and even had time to mix some of the sounds down so I could listen to them on the ride to the next gig.” The venue and the old gear in it (like an ancient mixer that once belonged to Willie Nelson) are a big part of what makes this album unique. 

Justin Weber, One Track Mind, Washington City Paper 2016


All music, words, and photos copyright Jonny Grave 2017