Guitarist, Chris Grier, whose career included collaborations with To Live and Shave in L.A., Thurston Moore, and Gibby Haynes, among many others, was reported dead on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. Andrew had the pleasure of calling Chris a true friend and performed with him on multiple occasions. Andrew remembers Chris in Spin Magazine and the Washington City Paper.
Q: Andrew, What are your thoughts on Chris Grier’s passing?
A: I’m perplexed. I’m stunned, like anyone would be. He was just way too young to die like this. I just played a show with him a few months ago. It feels really frustrating and unfair. Especially since he was really hitting his stride with music and life in general. From what I could tell, he was doing so well. I’m in a daze about this. It’s really, really upsetting and scary.
Q: What was your relationship with his music like?
A: When I first met Chris, it was on tour with To Live and Shave In LA. I was playing keyboard in the band and all I was told was that Chris was a newspaper writer from Washington DC who would also be performing with us. I guess I was kind of wary and shy of him at first. I somehow thought I wouldn’t get along with him. Turned out he was one of the most sincere, earnest, and devoted musicians I would ever have the privilege of playing with. He was a deeply great guitar player – an extremely advanced and attuned musician. He was great in that unassuming way that reveals itself from the inside out – from the sound of his playing, from the way it felt to hear his sound.
In the best way, all Chris really cared about was music. Probably one of only a handful of people who really lived their life for music and was brave enough to pursue it. And he pulled it off! He was playing constantly. He made big moves and sacrificed a lot to play music as much as he possibly could, often against the odds, and often due to his sheer tenacity and undeniable ability. When people ask what it means to be a successful musician, Chris really defines it for me – to play as much music as you can and with everything you have.