Baby Gramps sings about having heard his story, pirate life, and teddy bears having picnics in the forests. Soon he’ll entertain the Western community with his humor and raspy, froggy sounding vocals.
Baby Gramps will perform at the Underground Coffeehouse on April 27 at 8 p.m. as part of the Underground Coffeehouse Concert Series.
Baby Gramps is known by some as an “amalgamation of sound.” He combines musical genres like jazz, blues, and old ragtime from the 1920s and 1930s. One of his trademark performance tactics is that he can scat three blues notes at once. He also is said to perform every live show differently, so the audience never knows what to expect.
Whether Baby Gramps is singing about children and manual labor songs or some other word cognation he’s come up with, all of his songs are infused with his guitar style that he calls “scribbling.” It’s basically a way that Baby Gramps plucks away at the guitar. His audiences are also entertained by his ability to improvise.
He began his musical career in 1964. Baby Gramps hasn’t stopped performing live shows and making albums around the Northwest since he began. In 2006, Baby Gramps worked on two songs for a pirate compilation, Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys that was produced by Johnny Depp and Hal Willner during the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
He also has performed on the David Letterman Show, toured with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phish, and Artis the Spoonman.
Currently, Baby Gramps is on tour promoting his latest release, Baptized on Swamp Water, a tribute to New Orleans with his band the Back Swamp Potioners. He has been working on a music documentary about pirates and was also filmed for a movie on the history of busking or street performing produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.