Their mission is simple – everybody in the crowd is just as vital as the band.
Every time Groundhog Gravy takes the stage they consume onlookers and compel their attention. Their charismatic stage performance inspires devotion and movement. They have learned to harness the energy of a crowd, make it swell like a pufferfish and use it in such a way that all present can bask in the beauty of that shared moment.
The Gravy boys were lucky enough to cross paths in Fayetteville, West Virginia. It was due to the white-water this particular Appalachian area provides, these musicians were brought together. This “white-water capital of the world” allowed one passion in each member’s life to lead to another passion – music. What had started off as acoustic, beatnik, grass-funkin’ on the front porch of the “Bungahole” (guide camp), has evolved into an electric, groove filled, rock and roll band with deep funk fusion, blues roots, and a splash of dub that blend together in a way that astonishes listeners. One cannot help but tap their feet, sway their shoulders, bob their head and let themselves dissolve into the music.
Groundhog Gravy consists of four members: Ed Lehrter, Matt Harrison, Scott Ferris, and Berry Rainwater. Ed is the front-man, eccentric, charming and a natural leader who provides the rhythm electric guitar and a wide ranged, passion filled voice box to set the stage on fire. Matt plays the bass with a variety of styles from slapping the funk to plucking hand blues and brings skilled vocals to the table. Scott is the drum king and a jack of all traits when it comes to any instrument. Berry plays lead guitar and is an absolute string monster-machine, both surgical and skillful in his playing abilities and portrays experienced pedal work. Both Ed and Matt write lyrics and songs for Groundhog Gravy based on personal experiences, life as they see it and fun stories (non-fiction and fiction) to entertain. Both have a way with words to write powerful lyrics that engage listeners and bring a relatable platform for both them and the audience to stand on.
In October 2017, Groundhog Gravy recorded their album Insignificant. They named it after the first class (v) rapid on the Gauley River – like the rapid, the album is everything but insignificant. The nine-track album was recorded in Montgomery, WV at 777 Studios by Tony Daniels. They are heading back into the studio this March with Big River Records to work on their Sophomore album.
“Taste the Gravy” tour was a huge success with 42 shows in 9 states from November 2018 to February 2019. The Gravy isn’t slowing down, either. Spring and Summer of 2019 are getting booked quickly as well as dates on their next Southern tour planned for next Fall and Winter. Let your local venue know that the Gravy train is rollin’ and y’all certainly want some Groundhog Gravy to satisfy your soul.