December 2018 Newsletter

Anything Worth Doing

My debut album, ‘Anything Worth Doing’ is out in the world now!  I was so happy to welcome it with a wonderful SOLD OUT album release show at Club Passim in November.  Thank you to all who came out to that show.  It was truly one of the most special nights of my life.  You can stream ‘Anything Worth Doing’ in all the usual places (SpotifyApple Music).  As of right now, physical copies are only available at shows, but keep a lookout for an online store in the near future.  I still have some limited edition hand bound lyric booklets with digital downloads available at shows — snag those while you can!  Digital copies of the album can be purchased here.

I am extremely honored to be included in two End of the Year Listener Polls.  If you have enjoyed the album, please consider casting a vote for me (and my band Twisted Pine’s album ‘Dreams,’ too!)!



While you're at it, check out my Bluegrass Situation 5+5 in which I talk about the parallels of painting and songwriting, Hazel & Alice, and my grandmother's tamales (which I get to have when I go home for Christmas!! Yes!).  There's a bonus playlist of 5 songs/pieces that have influenced me at the end of the article. 

Direct-to-Vinyl Recording 

On 1.3.19 I’ll be doing a direct-to-vinyl live session at Leesta Vall Studio in Brooklyn, NY recording live takes of my songs onto 7” lathe cut vinyl.  No two orders are the same!   You can choose from among 7 of my originals on the pre-order site and get FREE SHIPPING now through 12/24 when you use the code GRISWOLD at checkout.  Since each record contains a completely unique, one-of-a-kind performance, you can also request a personalized message from me.  

Pre-order here.


I’ll be closing out 2018 with three more shows:

On Friday, 12.21 Ian Fitzgerald and I will play Pump House Music Works in Wakefield, RI.  We’ll each play solo sets and finish the night with a set of duets.  Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30.

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Sunday, 12.23 I'll be hosting a causal Christmas Eve Eve as a part of Good Band Sundays at State Park Bar in Cambridge, MA.  I'll be joined by some special guests, and I'll play some tunes for the occasion and probably some other stuff that doesn't get played out too often.  It'll be fun and loose: the show will start around 9:15ish.  No cover.

Sunday, 12.30 Ian Fitzgerald and I will play a DUO set together at Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge, MA.  My Twisted Pine bandmate, Kathleen Parks, will open the show with her throwback duo Kat & Brad -- it'll be a sweetheart's night out!!

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Thursday, 01.03 I'll be the featured songwriter at Big City Folk's Thursday night residency in Brooklyn, NY.  Things get started at 8pm!  Message for details!

Friday, 01.04 I will be coming to The Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.  The night will be shared with two of my favorite people/songwriters: Ian Fitzgerald and Katie Martucci!  The potential for collaboration that evening is very high.  This is one not to be missed.

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Saturday, 01.05 will be a treat -- Songwriter Solstice at Acousticool House Concerts in Bristol, CT.  That night will be shared with the soulful Gillian Grogan and Ian Fitzgerald (yes, we are in fact joined at the hip).  Space is limited, so reserve your space as soon as you can!  The show begins at 7:30pm.

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Sunday, 01.06 Ian Fitzgerald and I will be playing at the Colony in Woodstock, NY.  Big City Folk is hosting a songwriters night, and we'll be in a cozy round with the fabulous Niall Connolly!  

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Seeing as it's the end of the year, I thought I'd share some of my favorite albums of 2018:

Neon — Sam Moss

abysskiss — Adrianne Lenker

Light Upon — John Faraone 

Spark Set Fire — The Western Den

God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty

See You Around — I’m With Her

I hope everyone has a safe and lovely holiday season!  See you soon!!

- R

Rachel Sumner