Acclaimed guitarist Donna Grantis, best known as the co-lead
guitarist in Prince’s celebrated funk-rock band 3RDEYEGIRL, has
released two new songs, “Trashformer” and “Violetta,” as a limited
edition 7” with Hall of Fame Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready via his
vinyl label HockeyTalkter Records. The tracks are off Grantis’
forthcoming album Diamonds & Dynamite, which is set for release in early 2019.
The 7” highlights a collaboration between Grantis and McCready that
was sparked in 2013 while Grantis was performing with Prince in his
bands 3RDEYEGIRL and New Power Generation. She met McCready following a
show at The Showbox in Seattle, WA and years later joined him and Pearl
Jam on stage for a pair of shows in Grantis’ hometown of Toronto.
Speaking about the release, Grantis notes, “It has been an
incredible honor to collaborate with Mike on these songs. His playing
has always been a huge inspiration—from the time I first picked up the
guitar through to composing 'Trashformer' with this
collaboration in mind. Mike adds a glorious solo on the outro of
‘TRASHFORMER’ that is absolutely electrifying and ambient sound effects
throughout the B-side, ‘Violetta’ that are truly sublime. It was so much
fun making this music!” McCready adds, “I had the great
pleasure of seeing Donna play guitar with Prince and she was amazing!
She is a phenomenal guitar player with a killer groove and instinct. I
was honored to be asked to play on two of her songs, 'Trashformer' and ‘Violetta.'
I’m stoked to be putting out both on limited 7-inch vinyl through my
label, HockeyTalkter Records. Hope everyone enjoys the great groove and
these sweet songs.”
“Trashformer” and “Violetta” mark the first new music released by
Grantis following her four-year tenure collaborating with Prince. She
rehearsed, recorded, performed and toured with the iconic superstar from
2012-2016 and even composed the title track to Prince &
3RDEYEGIRL’s 2014 release, Plectrumelectrum, which reached #1
on the Billboard Rock Chart and was recorded live to tape at his
historic Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota. Notable performances include
three nights headlining the Montreux Jazz Festival, headlining
the Essence Festival at a sold-out Superdome in New Orleans, and a
historic performance at The White House for President Barack Obama and
Grantis’ current music marks a new direction for her as a
bandleader—writing, arranging, producing and performing under her own
name. Rooted in jazz improvisation, Grantis’ group creates a sound
unique in today’s music scene—fusing incendiary guitar playing and
Indian percussion that has been described by the Star Tribune as “New
millennium jazz-rock fusion, sorta like Jeff Beck meets a post-modern
Mahavishnu Orchestra.” Represented by IMN, Grantis will tour
internationally in support of the album next year, starting January 5 in
New York City with a performance at Winter Jazzfest NYC.
Pickup the Vinyl here.