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There is no experience as true to homegrown American country music as a Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys show. Their electrifying sound hits you like your favorite shot; the words shine through like your best friend recalling a favorite memory. The sheer energy brought by the Grizzlies live explodes into the audience like a dose of adrenalin.
Gunnar Nybald, who still farms the family apple and plum orchards he’s been working all his life, writes the band’s songs from the seat of a tractor. His songwriting partner, Joe Rood, has been a friend since high school in Kent City, MI, where they were co-captains of the football team.
While attending Michigan State University in the agricultural program, Gunnar and hometown pal Rob Mason (bass, harmony vocals) teamed up with guitar slinger Shane Grehan (Alpena, MI), drummer Joe Connolly (Rochester Hills, MI) and keyboard/guitarist Chris Newberg (Rockford, MI) and formed the band with Rood.
The group played their first show as an opening act to a sold out Justin Moore crowd. Since then they’ve won WBCT B93’s Honky Tonk Heroes battle of the bands contest, distinguishing them as the top new country band in Grand Rapids, and WYCD’s Detroit Hoedown. They’ve gone on to open for Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, David Allen Coe and others.
Staying true to their country roots, on July 23, 2010 Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys released their 12-song debut independent album. Last year they released a 5-song ep Country My Whole Life. GGB just recorded “Could Be Me” in Nashville with producer Ken Coomer (Will Hoge), former drummer of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco, and rerecorded “Sweet Tea” and “Guns”. Combining country and rock, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys provide a dose of Michigan country built on good times and wanderlust. They transform from an outlaw telling the tale of his horseback journey across America to a genuine patriot giving thanks to our troops. These six young men may be finding their way in the world, but they have truly mastered the formula of simply entertaining their fans in a way that they let loose and dirty up their boots!