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Dave Griffin / Press

“Swampadelic Soul Kin: Waycross's Vibrant, Overlooked Music Scene (excerpt) But the most important figure performing in Waycross today is a man of whom very few have heard. A treasure waiting to be discovered, a diamond in the swamp, the king daddy of 'em all-Dave Griffin. "I call him 'Uncle Yoda,'" Sean Clark says of the scene's wizened, Tom Petty-and-Townes Van Zandt-channeling spiritual advisor. "He's the head Jedi around here." Though Griffin has only released one solo album (2010's impressive American Spirit), the 57-year-old songwriter has a deep catalog of unrecorded classics, and has been a huge influence on other artists in town-from thirtysomethings like Clark to relative youngsters like 19-year-old Woodgrains frontman Dylan Crosby. "Dave's the best songwriter I know," says Crosby. "Words ain't big enough to describe his writing-you just have to listen."”

Steve Labate - Georgia Music Magazine, Winter 2011

“A Honky-Tonk Heart and a Rock 'n' Roll Mind Nearly 40 years ago, Waycross musician Dave Griffin sat in the cab of his pickup flipping through a magazine while on his lunch break at a day job. He read a review of Gram Parsons' 1st solo album, GP, and recalls, "I got to the paragraph that said, 'Much of the music on this album is reminiscent of what Gram listened to growing up in Waycross, Georgia,' And oh my God, it all opened up." In 1998, the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival started as a potluck dinner and jam session at Griffin's home in Waycross. Within 3 years, the get-together outgrew his backyard and transformed into a unique 3-day music festival dedicated to what Parsons called "Cosmic American Music." Today, it captures a gritty honky-tonk vibe and presents it in an outdoor fest format. It's also the perfect place to learn about Parsons' music and hear how it influences many of Georgia's hardest working musicians.”

Kenneth R.Wilson - Georgia Music Magazine, Winter 2011