Posted On 24 Jan 2018
Last night (Tuesday, January 23), the acclaimed LA-based singer-songwriter Ethan Gruska performed the 3rd show out of his 4 night residency at the LA venue, Bootleg Theater. The next and final night of this residency is next week on Tuesday, January 30th. (Purchase tickets here)
Gruska played a handful of new songs found on his debut solo album, “Slowmotionary” (SIRE Records). He effortlessly moved from the piano to one of his many guitars on stage. For each song, he maintained an incredibly intimate and thoughtful energy that resonated throughout the mostly packed room. There were few phones up in the air taking photos and very little conversations were had during Ethan’s set. He was joined for several songs by well-known LA musician and frequent collaborator Blake Mills.
“I’m driving through the Valley / My whole childhood was here,” he sings in the album’s stripped-down opener, ‘The Valley.” Most of his lyrics are personal and discuss his upbringing. “If childhood defines you, can it ever be behind you?”
The music was raw and charming. He even explained in a recent interview what being raw means to him on this album, “Rawness isn’t a revelation for most people, but it was for me. And this record was about being as raw as I can be.”
Ethan had a busy 2017 on the road with Ray LaMontage and Asgeir in support of his new collection, which has earned praise from the likes of NPR’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, Last Call With Carson Daly, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and LA Times who declares, “L.A.’s next great singer-songwriter? It might be Ethan Gruska.”
What’s next for the singer? In March, he will head out on tour with Lucius for 15 dates across the country. An interesting fact about Ethan is that he just so happens to be the grandson of the legendary film composer, John Williams!
Here’s his recent Mahogany Sessions video for “Teenage Drug”:
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