|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock|
Kentucky, USA. A long-standing and much-respected member of the rock music community through his music journalism and his recordings with the Long Ryders and the Coal Porters, Griffin finally released his debut solo album in 1997. It was the Long Ryders who first brought him to prominence - at one point in the early 80s, they, alongside R.E.M. , were at the forefront of a rash of 60s-inspired guitar bands collectively dubbed the Paisley Underground. After their eventual collapse in 1987, he formed the Coal Porters, a group based first in the USA and then the UK (owing to his relationship with Kate St. John, singer with the Ravishing Beauties and Dream Academy, and later his wife). The Coal Porters, in the same way as the Long Ryders before them, draw heavily on the 60s country rock tradition epitomized by Gram Parsons. Griffin is well known as a biographer of Parsons, and also as a contributor to the rock press - notably Mojo magazine. His debut solo...