Articles written by: Kim Grant

After growing listening to Dolly, Merle and Willie, Kim Grant spent the 90’s immersed in the Chicago indie rock scene. Spending many nights at the famed (now-defunct) venue Lounge Ax, bands like Bad Livers, Giant Sand, Handsome Family, Palace Brothers and Wilco turned her on to what was then called Alt-Country. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000, she found this same feeling of musical community at a tiny west side bar called The Cinema Bar where she met artists, Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks, Tony Gilkyson, Ramsay Midwood, and Kip Boardman. These talented folks spurred her enthusiasm for the Southern California roots music scene and the Americana music scene as a whole. Now a music publicist, Grant (alongside Liz Garo and Pam Moore) founded the Los Angeles, weekly roots music series, The Grand Ole Echo in 2005. Also with Garo, Grant helped to curate the Roots Roadhouse American-roots music festival in both 2011 and 2012. Also in 2011 she began co-producing a SXSW day party with Julie Richmond titled, Grand Ole Austin which is still going strong. Visit TJ West on fb and kgmusicpress.com.

TJ West Video Premiere: Rough Johns by John Craigie

TJ West Video Premiere: Rough Johns by John Craigie

By Kim Grant Portland-based Americana songwriter, John Craigie has just released No Rain, No Rose, which was “inspired by the folk torch bearers of the sixties and seventies” as per his bio. Bringing together his […]

TJ West: The Statesboro Revue

TJ West: The Statesboro Revue

By Kim Grant I first became acquainted with Stewart Mann, several years ago in Los Angeles when he was performing under his own name and I was booking bands in Los Angeles.  Soon after that, […]

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

TJ West Video Premiere: Andrew Sheppard’s Get It While You Can

By Kim Grant TJ West introduced Andrew Sheppard and his record Far From Here.  Now we’re happy to premiere his new video for the song, “Get It While You Can.” The video opens with a […]

The Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles is Back for its Third Annual Winter Dance Party

The Grand Ole Echo in Los Angeles is Back for its Third Annual Winter Dance Party

By Kim Grant The Los Angeles seasonal roots music series* is having their version of a holiday party celebrating the best music of the 1950’s and 60’s on December 15th.  The event will be hosted […]