Front Country forged a sound that lies somewhere between indie folk and Americana—a genre some might call “Roots Pop”: the past is discernible with a wink and a nod, and the future is here. They’re working to translate the incredibly intricate arrangements and structures of the best pop songs into an organic, on-the-fly acoustic string band.
With one foot in the deep country music traditions of North Alabama and another in the telecaster twang of California roots and Americana, Grant Langston is an artist that defies the typical toe tag of modern music.
Born the textile town of Gadsden, AL Grant was raised singing and playing in the church. He spent his adolescence playing bass for the King James Version gospel quartet, and helped pay his way through Auburn University touring the dive bars of Alabama and Georgia with a rock band.
After a move to Los Angeles he began writing and playing the roots music that Nashville didn’t want — honky tonk and full of attitude. 5 albums followed Road Side Service (2004), Koreatown (2006), Live in Bakersfield (2007), Stand Up Man (2009), and Working Until I Die (2011). Countless tours of the US and Europe opening for Dale Watson, Band of Heathens, Wayne “The Train Hancock”, Ben Harper, and I See Hawks in LA. A multitude of placements in TV and Film, most notably HBO’s hit series True Blood, round out the resume.
Grant also co-founded The California Roots Union in 2014. This organization’s mission is to promote and support California roots and country music with media outreach and as a production company. He also has a musical side project, JOLENES, with LA music legends David Serby and Dan Janisch.