Grant Livington named
BEST ACOUSTIC PERFORMER
Miami New Times
Best of Miami
Einstein and Gypsy Rose on a
road trip, a guy who is way serious about eating pie, a French-speaking
cat in a graveyard, armadillos, barnacles, an unleashed dog - you'll
meet them all (and more) in the songs of Coconut Grove singer/songwriter
Grant Livingston has been a favorite at folk venues throughout Florida
since the mid-eighties. An offbeat sense of humor comes through the
stories told in Livingston's songs. His lyrics are relentlessly positive,
whether he's teaching "a sailing lesson in three easy verses,"
(Pointy Side Up) or planning his own funeral! (A Little Invitation)
As a guitarist Livingston employs a style which is a unique mix of
ragtime, country blues, and early swing. Comfortably at home with
the musical style of the 1920s he sometimes adds his interpretation
of classic songs from the period to his performance of originals.
Raised in Miami, many of Grant's songs reflect his love for South
Florida's land and waters, creatures and people. Grant weaves history,
environment, and social commentary through these songs. Bringing Florida's
past to light and making light of its present, he has earned the title
of Miami's Historian-in-Song.
Livingston's songs appeal to the child in grownups, and to the adult
in kids. He often plays for school, museum, and other children's programs.
Active in the teaching of songwriting, Grant has appeared as a guest
lecturer at a songwriting class at the University of Miami, and led
songwriting workshops at the Florida Folk Festival, the Will McLean
Folk Festival, and many others.
Florida Rain, tells the stories of Florida, including Voice of the River - about Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler, Melaleuca trees,make an appearance, as well as each of the sixty-seven Florida counties. And of course there is the ever-popular singalong from the point of view of an Armadillo on I-75.
Let Me Off The Leash steps beyond the bounds
of Grant's home state. Working in conjunction with Nashville producer
Cliff Goldmacher, Livingston capitalizes on his swing influences by
utilizing a "trio-plus-guest soloist" concept.
include The One That Got Away, and tracks on numerous compilation recordings, notably the title track of the Will McLean
Foundation's These Diamonds
Two recordings are due out soon - A Little Invitation and One Everglades.