Graham Norwood writes, plays and sings songs of uncommon beauty. His 3-1/2 octave vocal range, dynamic guitar playing, and eclectic songwriting chops allow him to work in a wide range of styles while always preserving his own unique artistic voice. That he has been legally blind from birth only makes these talents more remarkable.
After spending years as a New York sideman and producer with the likes of Bryan Scary, Cliff Westfall, Ward White, The Dough Rollers and others, Graham decided to focus on writing and recording his own original music. His first move as a solo artist was to record three sets of songs written and arranged for three separate bands, exploring a wide variety of different sounds and genres. One of these sessions, recorded by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & the Johnsons, Evan Dando, Phish) and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Son Volt, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr), became Graham's debut full-length, Out of the Sea. The album is slated for a late 2019 release. But first, Graham is releasing a four-song EP called Sundry Songs, available first digitally and later in limited edition 12" vinyl and CD formats.
On stage, Graham is equally electrifying as a solo performer or with his band. The Graham Norwood Group features drummer David Christian (Danger Mouse, King Tuff, Mary Timony's Helium), guitarist Simon Kafka (Elle King, Carly Rae Jepsen), bassist James Preston (Tom Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Sons of Champlin) and keyboardist/guitarist Bryan Smith, and traverses everything from mellow country-rock to full-on fuzz guitar freakouts during the course of their freewheeling sets. Solo, Graham puts the emphasis on his vocals and dexterous guitar playing, mixing in off-the-cuff covers of obscure British folk artists and classic honky tonk singers with his own eclectic material. Whether he's playing with a full band or captivating a room with just his voice and acoustic guitar, Graham’s performances are not to be missed.