Long lines at Starbucks and crowded lunch tables in the Cave are going to be a lot more bearable this week with the return of folk, country music artist Hunter Grigg.
Sponsored by Buctainment, Grigg will perform a special lunch show from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Grigg is a local musician who last performed at ETSU at the second annual BucStock last April.
J.B. Beverly, owner of Rebel Roots Studio in Fayetteville, North Carolina, describes Grigg as “a beam of light in an often otherwise dark field. His songwriting is pure, his singing is timeless and his guitar playing is far beyond his years.”
For his performances, Grigg’s only instruments are his voice and acoustic guitar. He is expected to play songs off his six song EP that was released in March of last year, “This Cold and Fearsome Wild.”
Although he was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Grigg grew up in East Tennessee. He began playing guitar and piano when he was a child, but did not really take an interest in music until age 14.
His musical influences are Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and James Taylor, which is reflected in his songwriting.
Grigg began his musical career in a band named Colony Park. Colony Park quickly disbanded leaving Grigg to become a solo artist.
Grigg began working on “This Cold and Fearsome Wild” in 2014, and it was recorded over the course of five months. The EP was engineered and produced by Steve Rutledge of Steel String Productions in Friendsville, Tennessee.
Grigg describes the process of making “This Cold and Fearsome Wild” as “making an attempt to take my most impactful life experiences and share them with the world through my love my love of music.”
“This Cold and Fearsome Wild” is available on just about every music streaming platform, including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Beats, Tidal, YouTube Music Key and more.
Grigg, like many other musicians, said his story is told through his songwriting.
“In that way, the lessons and heartache of these experiences are put to good use and don’t gather up dust,” he said. “I felt like my story up to this point was worth telling to some degree, and I guess I was just lucky enough to have music there to convey it.”