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Grant Farm plays free show in West Vail

Caramie Schnell
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyFront Range quartet Grant Farm includes two members - bandleader Tyler Grant and drummer Chris Misner - who used to play with the Drew Emmitt band.

Forget juicy tomatoes or crunchy cabbage, Grant Farm is an outfit that grows fine Rocky Mountain rock and roll.

So how did this Front Range-based quartet come up with the name?

“It is a play on my name and it rhymes with ‘Ant Farm,'” said bandleader Tyler Grant. And of course, “It’s better than ‘Tyler Grant Band’ or something…'” he continued.

The band will take the stage at Sandbar in West Vail for a free show Friday.

Grant is a National Flatpicking Champion and was a member of The Drew Emmitt Band and The Emmitt-Nershi Band from 2005 until 2010 when he went on his own to pursue his own project.

“It was time to do my own thing,” he said. “I have plenty of my own ideas and in those bands I was a sideman and was not contributing much material. I had a vision of a band that is more of a collective, but with me as director.”

The band includes drummer Chris Misner, also of the Drew Emmitt Band and Bill Nershi’s Blue Planet. The quartet is completed by funky phenom Adrian “Ace” Engfer on bass and the prodigious Sean Foley on keyboards.

The group started as a duo between Grant and Thorn in 2009 and quickly grew into a bluegrass/new acoustic quartet, well-received by always-hungry Colorado music fans. Grant gave his notice to Emmitt-Nerschi Band at the end of 2010, hoping to make a bigger statement with his music, he said, “so he dusted off his Telecaster, started a conversation with the experienced and equally driven Misner, plugged in, turned up, and watched the sprouts of the Grant Farm concept grow,” according to the band’s press release.

The group has plans to release an eponymous debut CD will be released this spring. A CD release party will take place in Boulder March 31.

“We have 10 original songs and one re-make of a traditional song,” Grant said. “I am in the middle of tracking our keyboard player’s parts.”

The band performed at YarmonyGrass, at Rancho del Rio, in early August. Grant called the experience “epic.”

“We had a great set time: Sunset on Saturday, and I feel we made a great impression on the festival crowd,” he said.

To learn more about the band, visit

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at or 970-748-2984.

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