Where else could Griffin House hail from but Nashville, Tennessee? House originally comes from Ohio, but like all guitar-toting singer-songwriters with a twang in their voice, he found his way to country music’s capital. While Flying Upside Down most certainly presents a country singer, it’s not to say that the album couldn’t be filed away in the rock section of your local music store. In fact, Griffin House could sneak his way onto a bill with Jack Johnson, Keith Urban and Ryan Adams, and nothing would seem amiss (well, except for the fact that that mythical concert would never take place).
While House spans the modern-day country/rock gap, there’s also a throwback quality to his music. For example, “Waiting For The Rain To Come Down,” which sounds like one of those good ol’ Johnny Cash outlaw songs. Even his anti-war song, “I Remember (It’s Happening Again)” takes not the confrontational, defiant stance favoured these days, but a more folky, levelheaded route: a non-preachy story song reminiscent of that good ol’ sixties hit, “One Tin Solider.” With a little bit of love, a little bit of pain, a little bit of regret, and a little bit of politics, House has created an album that touches on several facets, making him a hard one to pin down.
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt