Originally from the Pacific Northwest and now living Durham, North Carolina, Mike Grigoni is a composer & multi-instrumentalist who plays dobro, lap steel and pedal steel guitar and records under the name M. Grig. While he has settled personally in the Tar heel state, Grigoni’s music has found a home on Canadian label Other Songs where he has released a trio of delightful EPs – Field Notes (2016), Still Lifes (2017), and the brand new Millpond Way.
Also a film composer, Grigoni brings a certain visual and narrative acuity to his compositions, a cinematic touch capable of framing scenes and telling stories without words. On Millpond Way, he strikes a very pleasing balance between the lyrical and the textural with expressive, melodic dobro stylings reminiscent of Jerry Douglas intertwined with more abstract and layered uses of traditional instruments in a way that might evoke comparisons to the recent work of Scott Tuma or Chuck Johnson. If you’ve ever roamed the sylvan woods and rivers of the Carolinas, these picturesque vignettes will feel like home and if you haven’t, they are probably as close as you’ll get.
Links: Bandcamp | iTunes | M. Grig