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Brian Griffin

About the Artist

Drummer and percussionist Brian Griffin has earned a reputation for his lean, infectious groove and warm vintage sound, touring and recording with a new generation of indie-folk, roots rock and Americana songwriters like Jamie McLean, Lucy Wainwright Roche and The Lone Bellow. A sideman with a deeply collaborative ethic, Brian’s experience as an arranger, co-songwriter, backing vocalist and flexible accompanist has been developed over years of studio work with iconic producers Graham Hawthorne, Bob Brockman, Charlie Peacock, Stewart Lerman and Bryce Goggin. In recent years he has performed and recorded with Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, John Popper of Blues Traveler and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, and has played at Bonnaroo, Ottawa Blues, Quebec Summer and Voodoo festivals. To his versatile session work with production houses Pulse Music, JSM, Sacred Noise, Copilot Music, and Samuel Justice Sound Design, Brian brings a serious background in jazz (studies with Robert Jospe, John Riley, Bob Moses, John D’earth) and Brazilian percussion (studies with Junior Teixeira, Bernardo Aguiar, Zeca Macapart, Nelson Pestana, Quiño Santos, Durval Pereira), and an encyclopedic knowledge of rock, soul and funk (studies with Shawn Pelton, Jim Payne, Matt Johnson). An experienced educator, Brian teaches drums privately and has taught at the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and the Crestwood School of Music.

We asked... Why Gretsch?

The rich heritage and the SOUND!

Recordings you've played on

The Lone Bellow [self titled]
Brian Elmquist “ Kris”
Jamie McLean Band “ Live At Gibson”
Jamie McLean Band “ Sunday Morning”
Lucy Wainwright Roche “ Lucy”


Art Blakey, James Brown, Jim Keltner, Chris Whitley, Prince, Count Basie, John Scofield, Jamie McLean, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Moses, Booker T & The MG’s, the musical heritage of Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Detroit, New York City & Rio De Janeiro.


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