Today, acclaimed singer-songwriter
Griffin House releases Rising Star, his anticipated 13th album. The dynamic album varies musically and lyrically, spanning thematically from fatherhood and overcoming writer’s block to his personal struggle with sobriety. The record features co-writes with fellow Nashville musicians Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow), Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), and longtime collaborator Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), with the first two lending their voices to the recordings. Rising Star has received praise from outlets like Billboard, Paste, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, No Depression, amongst others. House also stars in the full-length documentary film “Rising Star”, set for release this year; co-produced with music video director and filmmaker Shane Drake, the film chronicles House’s life as a musician and traveling artist, juggling fame and reality. The film features music from his new album as well as his previous catalog. The album is available today on CD and vinyl, and digitally via iTunes.
With the help of old friends Paul Moak and Grammy-winning “Album of the Year” producer Ian Fitchuk, Rising Star exploded into life at Moak’s legendary recording studio, The Smoakstack. “It was so good to reunite with them and work together again,” House says about Moak and Fitchuk, who helped House make his very first record all those years ago. “It’s amazing to watch these guys I started out with in the very beginning who are now world-class musicians and producers winning Grammys. This album seemed to come together with a little more grace and ease than records I’ve made in the past, and I think so much of that is attributed to how good the people I got worth with on this record are, they all just happen to be really good friends too.”
Rising Star opens with its title track, a tune written with House’s old touring buddy, Faroe Islands singer/songwriter Teitur. A finger-strummed acoustic guitar number that was jokingly intended to be the “quintessential Nashville country song” quickly turned into the title track of his new record. “We thought of as many country cliches as we could, and we started to tell the story of a ‘rising star’ who moves to Music City with a guitar and a dream, like so many do,” says House of their songwriting process. “At first it was just a song that made us laugh, but as time went on, I liked ‘Rising Star’ so much I decided to put it on my new record.” Although not intended to be autobiographical, the listener gets the sense that this comical and fictitious tale could hardly have been woven by someone without similar life experience to the protagonist in “Rising Star”.
The album’s penultimate song is a peaceful study of something that every human should be familiar with; change. A reassuring refrain of “We were never meant to stay the same” is sung as a duet with co-writer Joy Williams. “We worked on the words for an hour or two, and then out of nowhere, she sang this beautiful chorus,” remembers House. “We broke for lunch and came back and finished it that afternoon. It was one of those songs that took years to live and only one short day to write.” Between these songs, listeners are treated to a light-hearted, joyously collaborative album that shows off Griffin House’s truth and humility in his songwriting as good as ever before.
Catch Griffin House On Tour:
August 14 – Dallas, TX – Opening Bell Coffee
August 15 – Austin, TX – The 04 Center
August 16 – Houston, TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
August 17 – Fort Worth, TX – The Post at River East
September 5 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
September 6 – Bluffton, SC – Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room
September 7 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
October 1 – St. Louis, MO – The Duck Room
October 3 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
October 4 – Evanston, IL – Space