Grace fell in love with music and theater at Tupelo High School and pursued them after graduation in New York City and L.A. It was in L.A. he joined the country-rock band Truth & Salvage Co., and now Grace is bringing the band to his hometown for a gig at the Blue Canoe on Friday.
“I’m honored Tupelo, Miss., is my hometown. In my mind it’s one of the greatest cities in the U.S.,” he said. “I’m honored to come back to a place that’s not only home, but where I learned everything about music.”
Truth & Salvage Co.’s sound is half rock, half country, with lots of harmonies. In fact, all of the band members – Grace, Scott Kinnebrew, Bill Smith, Walker Young and Tim Jones – share singing duties. For a while now, Grace was the only non-singer in the band, but that recently changed.
“We started getting new material and needing more harmonies, so they gave me a mic,” he said.
Though the group started in L.A., the South had a big influence on its sound. Truth & Salvage Co. is in the process of relocating to Nashville, where it’ll be easier to tour the area that the band members love best.
“It’s not that we’re a country band, it’s just that all of us grew up in the South. All of us grew up listening to Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, so that influence seeped into our songwriting and into the style that we loved. We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band more than anything, but we do a lot of old country songs and we write country songs, because we love it,” Grace said.
Truth & Salvage Co. will have a few residencies in venues across the South, as the band prepares to release a second album this fall.
The group loves playing live.
“You never know what’s gonna happen. We change the set list up and we play different songs every show, and each show can take a life of its own,” Grace said. “This is partly my love and partly my job. The job is the boring stuff, the driving and setting up, and then you get 90 minutes or two hours to get up there and do what it is you really wanna do, and hopefully touch people. We take advantage of that every night. It’s the fun part. So I promise this show is gonna be a really good time.”
Grace suggests fans may want to get to the Blue Canoe early, as the show may sell out.
“I definitely wanna encourage people to come out and support the band at the Blue Canoe,” he said. “I wanna say thanks to everybody in Tupelo for all the love and support they’ve given me all of these years, and hopefully everybody will continue to do that.”
Who: Truth & Salvage Co.
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Blue Canoe, Tupelo
Info: (662) 269-2642 or facebook.com/BlueCanoeTupelo