Grace Askew’s sound weaves through the backroads of the South and West right into the back alleys of New York and LA. Born in Memphis, she was raised on Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley; dug into her blues, soul, and folk roots in New Orleans; maintains inspiration from artists like Tom Waits, Mahalia Jackson, Sylvan Esso, and Cat Power; and now layers in the textures of synths, electric guitar, and vocal loops to create music that defies place or genre. Spin calls her "astoundingly defiant." Rolling Stone calls her "sultry" while praising her "raw, real and righteous" songwriting.
Price Range: $500-$2500
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Grace now has 3 performance-types to pick from to suit any type of event requirement you may have:
1. LISTENING ROOM/HOUSE CONCERT:
Acoustic/slide guitar set, harkening back to her Memphis roots with a raw, gritty, high-energy performance, including covers of Delta blues artists and classic songs by artists such as Bobbie Gentry, Bruce Springsteen, and Harry Nilsson. Solo OR duo, with a lead guitarist to be added for extra cost. 90 MINUTE MAX.
2. PRIVATE EVENT (CORPORATE/FAMILY):
If your event requires a more mellow performance as a background/ambiance-enhancing approach, she is open to that as well. Solo only. 3 HOUR MAX.
Full-band (trio) performance, including drums and (electric) bass with Ableton (Electronic looping backing tracks) for a more edgy, "current" sound - as displayed in all audio samples on this site. 90 MINUTE MAX.
With 6 studio albums and nearly a decade of touring under her belt, Grace has solidified herself as a relentlessly creative artist and a powerhouse of talent. She cut her first records at the legendary Ardent Studios & Sun Studios in Memphis, and has been a regular on the singer-songwriter circuit. She mostly hits the road accompanied only by her truck, "Wanda", though she has also joined the likes of James McMurtry, Leon Russell, Marty Stuart, T-Model Ford, Jesse Winchester, Lisa Marie Presley, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll. She also featured on Season 4 of The Voice in 2013.
Additional Booking Notes
Grace always travels with a small PA system for smaller spaces (galleries, listening rooms, house concerts) with ALL necessary stands, cables, and lighting required.
"Make It Rain" Tom Waits
"Wicked Games" - Chris Isaak
"Ode to Billie Joe" - Bobbie Gentry
"Make Me Down a Pallet" - Mississippi John Hurt
"Everybody's Talkin" - Harry Nilsson
"I Don't Know Why I Love You (But I Do)" - Clarence Frogman Henry
"I'm On Fire" - Bruce Springsteen
"Psychotic Boy" - The Black Keys
"Chocolate Jesus" - Tom Waits
"It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" Bob Dylan
Influences & Inspiration
Tom Waits, Bobbie Gentry, Cat Power, Mississippi John Hurt
PLENTY of Power Outlets
Bottled Water (room temperature)