January 14, 2023

David Grissom

by David True

 After Camp

It’s truly an honor to be able to learn from some of Austin’s greatest musicians like Jeff Plankenhorn and David Grissom. Throw in a room full of talented students, John and Carol’s sublime space and, as if it could get any better, free beer, and you end up with Austin Band Camp.

David Grissom’s camp was extremely informative across a number of levels: guitar approaches, “cool” chord shapes, exercises David himself uses, songwriting, performing and he even brought handouts with guidance and actual chord shapes we can use (no thirds!) to spice up our playing.

The diversity in the songs participants brought to play with David was also impressive. I’m extremely humbled to see my Austin Band Camp dream realized and appreciated by our community.

David Grissom's Austin Band Camp was held on January 14, 2023.

"I really enjoyed my afternoon teaching at Austin Band camp. The warm, intimate space, and small group size are ideal for a great interactive learning experience!”

David Grissom

"I really enjoyed the David Grissom clinic at Austin Band Camp.

I went there to learn some new things and learned the night before that we’d get to play a tune with David. It was really a cool moment for me. I really enjoyed all the songs people brought as David played with us on all of them, and to say it was a diverse selection of songs is an understatement.

Catch any of David’s clinics if you can, I learned as much about songwriting and musicianship that day as I did about rhythm guitar playing. 

Good times."

Parker Bradley

Many thanks to Kim Yarbrough for capturing the day!

Band Camp Event

Join David for . . .

  • 1 hour of Learning to
    expand your rhythm guitar playing and improve your feel
  • 30 minutes of Chilling
    free beer, flavored water, and snacks for you to enjoy inside or out
  • 1 hour of Playing
    each participant gets an opportunity to lead a song and have David play along

about David

 David Grissom has toured and recorded with artists such as Buddy Guy, John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, John Mayall, and Ringo Starr. His songs have been recorded by John Mayall, Rita Coolidge, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, and Storyville among others.

David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. He joined Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985 and toured and recorded nonstop until 1991 when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made 3 records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Texas to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section of Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Since 2000, David has divided his time between recording sessions, including four Buddy Guy records, and scores of Americana releases, along with touring with the Dixie Chicks from 2003-2007, and playing hundreds of live gigs, designing signature guitars and amps with PRS Guitars, and producing his solo CD’s. He just released his 5th solo CD Trio Live 2020.

the Camp

Limited to only 12 participants.
Tickets $50
First 4 people get $10 off.

Saturday, January 14, 2023
Doors at 1:30 p.m.
Event starts promptly at 2 p.m.

John and Carol are hosting on Mary Street in South Austin

Past Camps