Podcast interview

Honored to be interviewed the other day on my buddy Jon Solo’s podcast about touring musicians – we talk about my experiences in New York as a jazz student, the different bands I’ve played in and my trips to study music in Brazil. Check it out here!

https://latecheckoutpodcast.com/2017/05/24/brian-griffin/

Patti Smith Tour!

I’m honored to be a part of Patti Smith’s 2017 tour of Italy! We are currently 2 shows in. This tour is called “Grateful” and we have shows in Parma, Turin, Sanremo, Verona, Bologna, Cremona, and Rome. The band features Tony Shanahan on bass, Jesse Paris Smith on piano, Jackson Smith on guitar and myself on drums. It has been an absolute honor to learn and perform Patti’s music with her and see her art at museums here in Italy.
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“Cover Stories”

Cover Stories” is now available. It is a new tribute CD to Brandi Carlile’s album “The Story” with performances by Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton (featuring yours truly on drums with the Brandi Carlile¬†Band), Pearl Jam, Adele, Avett Brothers, Jim James and more! This CD is a benefit CD for War Child, a charity founded to help children who are affected by conflict. ¬†Check out the NY Times article about it:
https://nytimes.com/2017/05/03/arts/music/brandi-carlile-cover-stories-adele-obama.html

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Tonight Show with David Gray

I had the pleasure of playing “Babylon” with the amazing David Gray this week on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. The terrific band included yours truly on drums, Tony Shanahan on bass, Andy York on guitar and Andy Burton on keys.

backstage tonight show

Here’s a new track I recorded with Iggy Pop for the HBO series Vinyl. The band and production team featured NYC legends Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) Lenny Kaye & Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), Matt Sweeney, Joe McGinty & Stewart Lerman — Dig it!!

http://youtu.be/5_C2pxz5p5A