Kumeu Live presents.....bernie Griffen and The Thin Men.
BYO drinks, glasses provided.
Folk-blues or Gothic country, it's Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men, with Will Saunders and The Trepidations.
"Door's Wide Open" tour.
Bernie Griffen's back in 2018 with a new album and tour. "From the Latin shuffle of the opener here on the self-lacerating My Brain Exploded (“I just can't focus, I argue with myself”) it is clear this journeyman songwriter and latebloomer (when it came to recording) is stretching into new areas, something very personal." Graham Reid, Elsewhere.
Auckland country/alternative music hero Bernie Griffen returns with his third album and is hitting the road to celebrate. Titled 'Doors Wide Open', the album follows 'Salvation' with his band The Thin Men, and 'Everything So Far' in 2012 with his band Bernie Griffen and The Grifters.
Bernie Griffen has won plenty of followers with his dark, emotive brand of folk-country music, even though he didn’t give himself fully over to music until what has to be called his second half of life.
The album sees the emergence of his musical collaborator, partner and band member Kirsten Warner.
They are joined by Chris Kemp on Drums (Kendall Elise, Tony Daunt and the Dauntless, Swampland, Labretta Suede and the Motel Six) and Garry Trotman on bass (The Remarkables, Wire &Wood).
Dubbed Southern Gothic, Bernie Griffen mines a terrain of his own that could also be described as swamp folk or psychedelic country and shows his understanding and feel for his American and Kiwi music roots.
Doors Wide Open may be overall light, brighter and less melancholic than his first two albums. But mortality is sometimes on Bernie Griffen’s mind. When I Die is a love song honouring a lifetime with Kirsten Warner. The ‘sweet sorrow’ of the song is an enduring quality of both their voices and music. It’s the first time the couple have recorded an full album together.
Seven years ago and struggling as a writer Kirsten Warner turned to music and learned to sing and play guitar. She discovered music is indeed joyful and easily as hard a road as writing. However there’s been great progress on both fronts: Kirsten’s first novel The Sound of Breaking Glass will be published by Wellington’s Makaro Press in July this year, and later in 2018 a volume of poetry will be published by Auckland’s Compound Press.
Bernie is a well-known figure in the New Zealand music business and host of the long-running and popular show Border Radio on alternative radio station 95 bFM, specialising in American roots music.