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Griffin Anthony sits down to discuss his new full-length album “Refuge”

After finishing sound-check and handing off his road-worn gibson acoustic guitar, the lanky, bearded, T-shirt and jeans-wearing Griffin Anthony extends me his open hand. Despite being our first introduction, his disarming disposition makes me feel like I’ve known him since childhood. His music impossibly parallels his unforced, understated, and comfortable look. If John Prine and Bill Withers were to somehow have an offspring, odds are he would be a lot like Anthony.

The 34 year-old New York native began his professional career after signing with the Miami-based Orange Music Company in 2008. His songs have since been featured in campaigns for HBO, Disney and Hugo Boss; while years of touring have led him to the main stages of Wanee, Sunfest and CMJ.

On the verge of releasing his third full-length LP Refuge, Anthony and I discuss his motivations behind the new album. “This is the closest I’ve come to making a record that sounds the way I imagined it,” he says. “I wrote a good chunk of these tunes from a third-person perspective and it resulted in me being more objective and more emotionally honest.”

Last October, Anthony and producer Jon Estes (Steelsim, Kesha, Jon Paul White) completed the production over the course of two weeks at The Bomb Shelter in East Nashville, TN. “Jon is impossibly talented” says Anthony. “He makes one of the most difficult and stressful jobs in the industry look effortless.”

With the additional aid of Grammy award-winning Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Margo Price, Langehorn Slim), all the full-band sessions were captured live to two-inch analog tape. “Aside from checking a few lyrics on my laptop, we lived in a different time for two weeks” says Anthony. “I hope the digital cleanse translates through the music.”

The album’s title suggests a destination where safe-haven (or happiness) exists. And its nine songs trace the narratives of men and women on their quest to find that destination; together or alone, through failures and celebrations. Anthony admits, “at it’s core, it’s a record about Hope.”

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by Paula Johnson

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