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The Foreign Traveler
Drawing from a wide range of influences, much of Griff's influence stems from the work of John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Bingham, Jamestown Revival, The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and Lord Huron to name a few.
Living in Austin while studying at the University of Texas was an instrumental time for him where he and his friends spent many nights drinking whiskey and making music until the early morning hours. Here he discovered a passion for writing songs, which led to performing at parties, open mics, and front-porch shows, and eventually bars and more organized shows.
While in Austin, Griff met Takahiro “Taka” Shimada, a guitarist from Japan who came to America to pursue his dream of playing American music. As room mates in the West Campus area of Austin, they spent many nights sharing stories of their home countries and exchanging musical ideas.
After graduating in 2017, Griff moved back home to Dallas where he became active in the music scene. Enlisting the brilliance of Taka as his lead guitarist, Ben Croucher on the drums, and Ryan Dahir on the Saxophone, he has developed his songs under a more diverse sound in the studio and on the stage under the name Foreign Travelers. The name Foreign Travelers comes as a celebration of Taka's journey from Japan to America and the courage it takes to uproot the comfort of one’s life and home to pursue their dream.
Foreign Travelers have played at venues including Opening Bell Coffee, White Rock Coffee, The Goat, The Freeman, Quarter Bar, House of Blues, Prophet Bar, The Ginger Man Pub, and The Freeman. They are currently recording their first studio single, Way Back Home, and plan to tour Texas in 2019.
Griffin, please share your story with us.
I was born and raised here in Dallas right off of White Rock Lake. Since I was young, music has always been a centripetal force in my life. Everything always seems to come back to consuming, creating, and playing music for me. It’s been and will continue to be a medium through which I perceive and ingest the conscious experience…