Sound Advice: Griffin House with Green Light Morning (July 9)

The engaging singer/songwriter plays Live! at the Ludlow Garage.

click to enlarge Griffin House - Photo: McConville Studio
Photo: McConville Studio
Griffin House

Instead of accepting a golf scholarship from Ohio State, Springfield, Ohio native Griffin House bought a $100 guitar, enrolled at Miami University and learned to play and write music. While still a student at Miami, House dumpster-dove some jewel cases to use for his self-released 2001 debut album, No More Crazy Love Songs, which he hawked at shows and to fellow students during classes.

His sophomore album, 2003’s Upland, landed him a label/management contract with Vancouver indie Nettwerk, which resulted in his breakthrough 2004 album, Lost & Found. That album was championed by no less than MTV/VH1/CBS music journalist Bill Flanagan, who cited House as one of the most promising American singer/songwriters.

After his two House of David EPs in 2005, House launched his Evening Records imprint and released a string of engaging discs that firmly aligned him with artists he’d opened for over the years, including Ron Sexsmith, Mat Kearney, Josh Ritter and Patti Scialfa. His 2007 album, Flying Upside Down, featured the talents of Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, as well as a reworking of House’s best-known song, “The Guy That Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind.”

House has released four albums over the past seven years, all of which more than fulfill the promise of Flanagan’s prophecy over a decade ago. In that time, House has placed a number of songs on TV and in film. He’s also become a husband and father and returned to Springfield, which has simultaneously grounded and deepened his songwriting perspective.

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