Declaring oneself “The Optimist” is a bold move, especially on an album with as many songs of murder, heartache, and South American gunslinging as Grover Anderson’s 2014 release. Even interweaved with the songs about growing old together or how much fun it is being the big spoon, there’s always a thorn or two hidden somewhere in the lenses of Grover’s rose-colored glasses. A long-held belief that the darkness leads us to appreciate the light permeates his songwriting and informs his mission to celebrate life in all its ups and downs through songwriting and performance.
Grover was raised in the historic gold rush town of Murphys, CA. The rich culture of the area (along with lifelong immersion in fiction, theater and 90’s country music) instilled a storytelling nature that is evident in Grover’s writing. After extended stays in Santa Barbara, LA, and Oakland, Grover and his family returned to Murphys to reconnect with the small mountain atmosphere that provided such inspiration as a youth. Living in California’s vastly varying environments provided ample material for his next two albums, which Grover self-produced. “Moonshine”, the opening track on the mostly-acoustic Tourniquet (2011), has grown into a fan favorite since its original recording as a duet with LA artist Samantha Free. While recording The Optimist (2014), which includes love songs like “Little Spoon” and “Sick of You” and more tragic ballads “The Lampolier” and “Grindstone“, Grover assembled musician friends from all over the state to create a diverse collection of country, rock, bluegrass, and jazz. His 2017 acoustic album, From the Pink Room, is a collection of songs that Grover recorded at his home studio deep in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and was named the #2 album of the year by music site Independent Clauses.
While he loves sharing his recorded music (he currently has over 2 million streams on Spotify), Grover’s true passion is live performance. Whether performing solo with his acoustic guitar or with the full band behind him, he channels musical heroes like Garth Brooks and Josh Ritter, leaving everything he has on stage. He is a passionate performer who grows his fanbase with every gig, be it for a wine bar of thirty or an amphitheater of thousands.
Grover Anderson & the Lampoliers
lamp•o•lier | læm′pǝ′lɪɚ
noun | origin: 19th Cent. | colloquial
1. one who maintains street lamps
2. apocryphal demon; personification of avarice
3. member of Grover Anderson’s band
Josh Certo (drums) has been the band’s primary musical leader since 2013.
Marshall Henry (lead guitar) joined the band in 2016 and often accompanies Grover at house concerts and smaller venues.
Anthony Delaney (bass) started playing with Grover in early 2018, shortly after relocating from the Bay Area. When not Lampoliering, Anthony leads The Delaney Project – an ensemble of improvisational players who explore straight jazz, free-form jazz, blues, soul, and jam music. He also performs solo, with his trio ABELsound, and hosts a weekly night of improvised music in Murphys.
Grover Anderson • Acoustic
Selections from Albums
Heard On Radio
KALX 90.7FM • Berkeley, CA (Chart Peak #14, 5/5/14)
KJEE 92.9FM • Santa Barbara, CA
KKBN 93.5FM • Sonora, CA
WDBX 91.1FM • Carbondale, IL
WWUH 91.3FM • West Hartford, CT
WZBT 91.1FM • Gettysburg, PA