Grant Lee Buffalo
This Los Angeles, California, USA-based band was formed by Grant-Lee Phillips (1 September 1963, Stockton, California, USA; vocals/12-string guitar), Paul Kimble (b. 24 September 1960, Freeport, Illinois, USA; bass/keyboards) and Joey Peters (b. 9 April 1965, New York, USA; drums). Phillips grew up in California the son of a minister and the grandson of a southern gospel singer grandmother, before enrolling in film school. Grant Lee Buffalo began to evolve in 1989 when Phillips joined Peters and Kimble in Shiva Burlesque, but despite attracting critical acclaim they soon realized that the bands impetus was stalling. The trio became the only ones arriving for rehearsals, and sacked the other two members to concentrate on a new band. Mouth Of Rasputin, Rex Mundi, Soft Wolf Tread and Machine Elves were all rejected as names, choosing Grant Lee Buffalo after their singers Christian names, and the image of a buffalo to symbolize all that had gone wrong...