A sense of geography and physicality is laced throughout the work of singer-songwriter Brandon Grafius. His music acts as a sort of treatise on the ways that we connect with different places and how those connections define us as people. He's made Michigan his home for the last few decades, and much of the way he views The Great Lakes State is conveyed through the ruminations of his bucolic compositions. He's exploring the recesses of Americana's storied past but is doing so in a way that doesn't feel recycled or staid. Reveling in an acoustic richness that's laid bare through his finger-picked melodies, Grafius doesn't wallow in maudlin themes but offers hope and contentment to those in need of some shelter from the troubles of the world.
Grafius' upcoming record, "Highways and Backroads," will be released on May 11 via Lost Mitten Records. It was recorded at Troubador Recording Studios in Lansing, Michigan.
On his new single, "Things Get Right," he embraces the rural atmosphere of his own creativity, combining the shuffling swagger of fiddle melodies with layered acoustic arrangements. So between that noise, the brushed drums and languid guitar rhythms, the song is as authentic as a warm spring tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains. But it doesn't simply rest on its laurels to enjoy the view -- the track quickly develops a steady country gait, building to a rustic revelation of dawning folk and Americana inspirations. It's feels familiar, like the touch of a warm wind blowing through a grove of pine, but still holds resolutely to its own individuality. Grafius evinces a calm and generous spirit and allows us to tag along as the sound of these instruments guides us back home.