Episode 45: Kim Grant
Air date: 5.23.2012
Sometimes, the genesis of a music scene can be traced back to one person who believes in a band, style or idea so thoroughly that their sheer force of will generates enough buzz to make it a reality. Los Angeles' patron saint of twang Kim Grant is just that sort of person. After cutting her music industry teeth at the famed Green Dolphin Street club in her hometown of Chicago, Grant relocated to LA and set about championing the style nearest and dearest to her heart - a genre known to adherents as Alt-Country, Americana or No Depression. In 2009 she formed a PR company called KG Music Press to help spread the word about L.A.'s underground country community in a manner honest enough to honor the genre's unpretentious forebears. But Grant's highest profile vehicle for promoting the extensive number of top-notch roots music artists in Southern California is an ongoing Sunday evening concert series at The Echo affectionately named The Grand Ole Echo. The 7th season of this weekly event runs through September 30th, 2012, is packed with excellent music and admission is free.