Uncle Dave Griffin
Writer of Songs
Planter of Seeds
Teller of Tales
His songs travel smoothly across the genres of Americana
Blues - Country - Folk - Roots Rock
Born into an Air Force family, he traveled extensively as a child - Tripoli, Libya - Albany, Georgia - Tampa, Florida
finally returning home to Waycross, Georgia, where as a three-year old he listened to his daddy's records.
Hank Williams, Sr. - Johnny Cash - Webb Pierce - Red Foley - Ernest Tubb - Marty Robbins - Johnny Horton
Growing up in the 50s-60s-70s, his musical interests were as varied as the songs and groups that spanned the decades.
Elvis - Nat King Cole - Del Shannon - The Beach Boys - The Beatles - CSNY - The Eagles - Gram Parsons
He remained an avid listener of music until '71, when he picked up the bass guitar and learned Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe.
He wrote his first song in '73...about a woman, no less.
In '74, he and childhood friend, Billy Ray Herrin, formed Sweetbriar, the first country-rock band in Waycross.
Since that time, he has spent his life playing music in many bands while constantly honing his songwriting skills.
In 1989, he and Billy Ray co-wrote seven songs that were published by the late, great Bill Lowery in Atlanta, Georgia.
In '98, he started a backyard tribute in honor of Gram Parsons that has since grown into a large outdoor gathering called the Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival, featuring headliners like
Leon Russell - Jim Lauderdale - Dr. Ralph Stanley - Charlie Louvin - Marty Stuart - Ian Dunlop - to name a few.
In January 2015, he was the opening act for Leon Russell during a six-night run through Georgia and Florida.
In July 2016, he launched a weekly online blog - Tail of the Weak - a series of personal insights and musical memories.
His first book - Tails of the Weak: From Doghill to Tripoli and Back - released in December 2018.
He continues to perform throughout the southeast - playing bars, festivals, listening rooms, and songwriting circles.
"I'm digging in darkness where light never shines - Beggin' forgiveness from loves left behind
Like a coal miner I'm searchin' to find - The pieces of my peace of mind"
Song in the Vein by Uncle Dave Griffin