Yee Ha! Southern swamp blues-rock mayhem with paint-peeling slide guitar like you’ve never heard: Grady from Austin, TX is a razor-sharp power trio fronted by guitar master Gordie Johnson who counts gold/platinum records on his wall from his stint with Big Sugar. With picks on all his fingers, he rips the strings, loud as hell, through a Garnet pre amp with a whole lotta power. Grady has a fiercer, more direct sound than his previous music–a perfect fit for Alternative Tentacles.
Gordie decided to unplug from the commercial music industry, heading south with longtime sidekick Big Ben Richardson and made Austin, Texas his new base. Forming Grady in 2004 they quickly became an Austin staple, winning best new act at the Austin Chronicle awards. Gordie also made Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studios his home base for his producing work with production credits that include Govt Mule, Reel Big Fish, Black Crowes and Nashville Pussy among many others.
Grady has shared the stage with the likes of Rev. Horton Heat and Alejandro Escovedo. Grady is the only band we know who fit well with both the Reverend and High on Fire or Mastodon.Y.U. So Shady is a re-release of their self-released debut, a demo recording that became an accidental hit in Austin as fans began calling radio stations and record stores requesting songs and asking for the disc. It’s been remixed by Gordie and re-sequenced by Jello Biafra.
Gordie “Grady” Johnson guitars and lead vocals
“Big” Ben Richardson bass and vocals
Nina “Drumbellina” Singh drums and more vocals
“The soundtrack to your next bar-fight…”–Classic Rock Magazine
“I been listenin’ to Grady every day.”–Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
“I saw them in Austin at SXSW and told ’em they were a punk Junior Brown. Now I’ve decided they’re the missing link between early Johnny Winter and Ministry.”–Jello Biafra