To understand Grant Earl Lavalley, with his deep country moan and hints of Appalachian yodel, you must read his tweets…”Just like my van, my new shack also has no windows.” For his byline, he writes, “…as a child I used to enjoy finding fleas and ticks in dog hair.”
His ‘shack’ is a cabin on the dirt backroads of Joshua Tree, in the Mojave desert, California. He’s an artist straight from the school of the runaway – the dropout, a hermetic and hardworking, psychedelic warrior.
Originally from Ohio, Lavalley spent his formative years in San Francisco, making art and playing in punk bands before retreating to tend an emerald crop of future doobage on a Northern California mountaintop. It was alone on that mountain that he began writing his darkly poetic, pensive campfire songs.
A haunting otherworldly combination of Townes Van Zandt, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen, comes to mind. Watch the video for the brilliant Let The Light Shine In, the B-side of his debut 7″ single titled Dark Love and released via Exit Stencil.