Against the grain

Family band Pure Grain hits Peach’s

By Josher Lumpkin

Photo: Mai Nguyen, founding director of Wright State University’s Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center

Like wheat swaying gently in an Indiana prairie breeze, Pure Grain will blow into Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs this weekend to perform its brand of homespun, feel-good tunes and promote its latest release, Indiana Sun. Fans of country, classic rock and jam bands will not want to miss this eclectic act from Bright, Indiana. Made up of Sol Records proprietor and drummer Brian DeBruler and his wife, Michelle D’Amico, her sister Courtney D’Amico and long-time friends Scott Siefferman on guitar and bassist Tony Nasser, the band is truly a family affair.

“It’s very real and genuine, what we’re doing,” DeBruler says. “We’re right in the southern boot heel of Indiana, so there’s a lot of Appalachian influence around here culturally…this area and how we grew up definitely influences us. My family originally came up from Kentucky and further south and my wife is the same — and pretty much everybody in the band.”

Indiana Sun shows off Pure Grain’s ability to craft fine little ditties like “Summer Song” and “Long Time Comin’.” The 10 songs on the album carry you to a hammock, sippin’ moonshine and lemonade out of a Mason jar.

The album was produced by the legendary Bill Halverson, famous for engineering records for Crosby, Stills & Nash, REO Speedwagon, Cream and many of rock’s most prevalent acts of the last five decades.

“It was very comfortable,” DeBruler says of working with Halverson. “It was the first time the group had ever brought an outside perspective to the recording process. We [usually] do all that stuff in the house and engineer all these records at the house, too, so it’s a challenge for me when we’re doing the Pure Grain records to really be in my zone as far as me being the drummer and not being distracted by the analytics of the recording process that takes place. That was really nice to have Bill here with that respect here for sure. I was able to be, pretty much, the drummer in the group and a lot less focused on the recording process.”

DeBruler says the recording experience was not only special because of the music industry veteran’s engineering talent, but also for the pieces of rock and roll history Halverson shared with the band.

“He had so many great stories about working with influences of ours and icons, and he’s a very humble person,” DeBruler says. “He worked on a lot of recordings that he’s not credited for. He was an engineer on Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison, which he’s not credited for. He actually brought in pictures to share with us from when they were doing that recording. He had pictures of himself and of course Johnny Cash on stage. We had him sign some of our Crosby, Stills & Nash records while he was here.”

Having played together since 2002, Pure Grain has the benefit of 13 years of writing, recording their songs and going on tour together, as well as their own solo experiences.

“Courtney came from a theater background. She went to a college for vocal theater in Pittsburgh,” DeBruler says. “I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston for performance, and our influences are really diverse. There’s a little bit of country, there’s some funk, some Little Feat, some Allman Brothers … it kind of goes different directions.”

At the end of the day, Pure Grain comes down to being about some real close friends and “a real tight-knit family” playing some music together. “I think that’s what people really connect to when we are performing live,” DeBruler says. “They can just see how we’re all connected.” And you can connect with Pure Grain this Saturday at Peach’s Grill.

“We’re really excited to be coming up to the Dayton area,” DeBruler says. “Yellow Springs is a neat town, and we fit right in at Peach’s.”

Pure Grain feels at home in intimate music-based settings like Peach’s.

“You can travel all over the country and you go places and you see different levels of appreciation of music and of course there’s a difference between destination venues versus the honky tonks and the bars,” DeBruler says. “It’s really interesting when you get to some of the smaller spaces that are genuinely geared towards the music, and that’s the case with Peach’s. You don’t find that as often as you’d like to.”

Pure Grain will perform on Saturday, May 30 at Peach’s Grill, 104 Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs. Show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are free, and the show is open to patrons 18 and up. For more information, please visit puregrainmusic.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Josher Lumpkin at josherlumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Josher Lumpkin is a nursing student and aspiring historian who enjoys writing about music and geekdom of all kinds. He is especially fond of punk rock, tabletop gaming, sci-fi/fantasy and camping with his wife, Jenner, and their dogs, Katie and Sophie. Reach him at JosherLumpkin@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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    […] Like wheat swaying gently in an Indiana prairie breeze, Pure Grain will blow into Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs this weekend to perform its brand of homespun, feel-good tunes and promote its latest release, Indiana Sun. Fans of country, classic rock and jam bands will not want to miss this eclectic act from Bright, Indiana. – Read the entire interview at : http://www.daytoncitypaper.com/against-the-grain/ […]

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