I've known M. Grig, the musician behind Light of Woods, for years now. We were in the same graduate program for ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, and he was one of the first people to hip me to the hidden beauties of bluegrass. At the time, he was sitting in on dobro and lap steel for NW artists like Korby Lenker and Lenker's sadly unheralded gospel bluegrass project David Goliath. M. Grig had a magic touch on his instrument, the kind of light perfection that you find in the best chefs. You know how an amazing chef can turn the simplest ingredients into something transcendent? That was what M. Grig did with his solos in David Goliath. He touched on something deeper. Now he's making music as Light of Woods and pursuing a doctorate in religious studies in Appalachia. His music is as thoughtful and as introspective as always. With Field Notes, M. Grig explores the intersection of Americana and minimalism, an area that hasn't seen nearly enough work recently. Plus he's a dad! With two small kids, I was curious how making this music played into his home life. After all, he recorded the new album entirely at home, surrounded by family.
"Since our house is small and my son is young," he explained, "he and I share a room. To put it more precisely, he's not old enough to mind that I keep my studio in his bedroom. We've managed to create a bit of separation between his room and the studio via a moveable wall-bookshelf that nearly spans the room's width. The benefit from his perspective: he's rarely the only one in the room at bedtime, i.e., he gets to fall asleep with his dad around. That's when I do mixing work on my records (with headphones of course)."
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