Music News Nashville, dubbed him a “guitar-slinging poet.”
No Depression described his voice, “like a ’57 Chevy with glass mufflers…”
Routes & Branches deemed his songs, “smart, strong lyrics that mean something, and say it in a way you haven’t heard before.”
Of himself he says, “I’m a vegetarian that watches NASCAR, a tree-hugger that keeps a gun under the seat.”
Known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes as well as Roger Miller type humor and heart gigging ballads, Grant Peeples is a 7th generation Floridian and former expatriate. Grant spent over a decade living on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua. During his absence (1995-2006), while our country was surging ahead into lifestyle changes bordering on futuristic, Grant was installing the island’s first flushing toilet, digging his own well, and rescuing sea turtles on Little Corn Island. He returned in 2006 to a homeland going through economic, social, and political upheaval. Much of his writing is a response to what he found on his return.
Having been inducted into the world of the socio-political folksinger by listening to Dylan as a teen, Peeples encountered another gravel-voiced balladeer on his 2006 return to the US, that would change his life forever. He became mesmerized with the music of Austin TX Music Hall of Famer, Gurf Morlix.
Morlix first achieved fame as producer and instrumentalist for iconic Roots artists such as Lucinda Williams, Slaid Cleaves, and Ray Wylie Hubbard and many more. He then turned his own voice to the mic, producing several albums of his own tunes, many of which topped Americana/Roots charts in the US and in Europe. He is a winner and multiple nominee for the Americana Music Association’s ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award.
Peeples first approached Morlix with a question, how did he achieve the great drum sound he hears on all of his records? His response was wry, as Grant later found to be typical of the music maestro, “Well first you have to start with a great drummer…” (He was speaking of well-known Austin percussionist Rick Richards, who would later play on Grant’s own albums.)
Peeples had great admiration for and felt a kinship with Morlix, and so proceeded to pursue his support and guidance on a record of his own. On the second try he landed it, as he agreed to produce what was to become one of Peeples’ most successful records, Okra & Ecclesiastes (2011). This lead to two more records, a trilogy including the titles Prior Convictions (2012), and Punishing the Myth (2014). Folk/blues artists Eliza Gilkyson and Ruthie Foster recorded duets with Grant on these records.
Since then, Morlix and Peeples have co-written together, shared the stage on the road and at home, and Grant has opened for Morlix at various venues in Austin, TX. Grant has also opened shows for Robert Earl Keen, Slaid Cleaves, Fred Eaglesmith, and Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, and performed at major music festivals and venues across the country, including Kerrville Folk Festival, Roots on the River, the Narrows, and 30A Songwriters Festival among others.
In 2014 Peeples was the recipient of the Focus Foundation Award for Creative Excellence, which cited the “humor, compassion and wisdom of his songs,” as well as their "unflinching social insight and cultural acuity.” He was also a 2016 Finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriters Showcase.
Grant has made seven studio records to date. He charted in the top 20 on the Americana Music Association airplay chart, #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart, and #1 on the Freeform American Roots and Folk DJ charts. He has been chosen songwriter and album of the year multiple times by 3rd Coast Music in Texas. His newest record, A Congress of Treasons,was released in February, 2016