Kevin Griffin is Better Than Ezra’s frontman, award-winning songwriter, and co-founder of the Pilgrimage Festival. Not too long ago, he released a classic ‘70s-style sunburnt music video for his “Hacienda” single.
Kevin Griffin – “Hacienda” music video
“I took a last-minute getaway to Mexico and found myself down in Tulum with an assortment of strange characters who all seemed to be running from something. I wrote the song the same day I shot the Mexico portions of my video. That usually never happens. Then I shot the LA portions one afternoon on Hollywood Boulevard and saw a lot of the same characters that I did in the jungles of Mexico. Also, the whole video was shot on my iPhone X. So the viewer is experiencing what I am experiencing.” – Kevin Griffin
‘Hacienda’ struts along on an unshakable riff backed by Stax-Volt harmonies and Mariachi horns. Also, the propulsive beat and piano take listeners from the exhaust-filled air of L.A. to the tequila-soaked nights of a Mexican hideaway.
“I was on vacation and the bar was playing all these amazing old music. Gram Parsons, The Band, The Byrds, and Joe Walsh with his great guitar hooks and hilarious, vivid lyrical imagery. I just thought, ‘no one is making music that sounds like this anymore.’ That night, on a beat-up guitar the hotel’s concierge let me borrow, ‘Hacienda’ was born.” – Kevin Griffin
As a songwriter, Kevin Griffin stands out as a five-time BMI Pop Award winner and ARIAA Award winner. He has landed multiple number ones including Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” and Howie Day’s “Collide.” Other credits span cuts for Christina Perri, Train, The Struts, Barenaked Ladies, Blondie, James Blunt, Moon Taxi, etc. Also, a cumulative tally of his album and song sales exceeds 30 million copies.
Kevin Griffin – “Hacienda” single
‘Hacienda’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-welcoming vocals, and hearty instrumentation scented with an alternative-rock aroma. Also, the likable tune will be featured on Kevin Griffin’s upcoming album, entitled, “Anywhere You Go”. The highly-anticipated 10-track project is Griffin’s first full-length solo album, available on October 4, 2019, via BMG.
Kevin Griffin – “Anywhere You Go” album
“My guiding rule was to do something different. To just do the opposite of my first instinct. I started with no expectations, considerations, or concessions other than just wanting to make music that I loved. And I think because of that the whole process has been a joy. Also, I wanted to make a collection of the music that inspires me—from when I was a kid in the seventies to the songs I hear on Spotify playlists now. The title speaks to that. Sonically, the songs go in a lot of different places.” – Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin will be performing shows on his #AnywhereYouGo tour to promote his “Anywhere You Go” album.
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