About Grayson Hauser
Grayson Hauser is an electric guitarist and singer who plays an expansive brand of high-energy music ranging from blues, hard rock, funk, jazz and many points in between. From gentle, thoughtful explorations of impressionistic ambient sounds to unabashed beer-hoisting bar rock, Hauser is committed to exploring all the possibilities the guitar has to offer. His musical philosophy is fairly simple: no trends or hype, just honest, soulful music that anyone can connect with.
Playing in various bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, the young guitarist played a variety of music in just about every venue including Biscuits and Blues, Slim’s, the Boom Boom Room, and Yoshi’s. He began his professional career at the age of 20, sitting in with Ed Ivey and his Fat Tuesday Band at the venerable San Francisco nightclub Biscuits and Blues. The budding sideman worked his way into a regular member of the band, playing venues across the Bay Area as well as weddings, corporate events, and private parties. This was an important time in his formation as a musician, becoming comfortable playing rhythm and lead guitar in a wide variety of genres and contexts. Playing electric blues guitar, acoustic folk and country gigs, even a stint playing the bass drum in a New Orleans brass band, has given Hauser a rich palette of experience to draw upon when creating music of his own.
After a spell in the Army, Hauser returned to playing and teaching music in the Bay Area full time. But wanting a fresh start and the opportunity to embark on a solo career, he moved across the country to Athens, Georgia in 2018.
His initial release as a solo artist was “Portraits,” an EP that Flagpole Magazine called “a gentle, thoughtful exploration into pastoral guitar territory.” At the beginning of 2019, the emerging songwriter and bandleader then went into the studio with legendary Athens engineer and producer John Keane to record his first full-length album, “The Blues of a Distant Earth.” Grayson continues to play shows around Athens and is currently writing new material for his newest album, to be released in 2020.
Meet The Band:
Michael McWilliams relocated to Athens from Asheville, North Carolina in 2018. He is a veteran of both the Asheville and Iowa City music scenes. His influences on bass include James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Bootsy Collins, and Jaco Pastorius.
Kadir begin playing drums at a young age, performing with many different bands in his native Turkey. He is comfortable in a number of different styles including rock, pop, blues, and ethnic Turkish music. His style of drumming is influenced by Dave Dicenso, David Garibaldi, Steve Gadd, Dave Wekcl. He moved to Athens, Ga in 2018 in order to start his PhD studies at the University of Georgia.