Basic Folk: Ethan Gruska

by Cindy Howes

Cinematic, multi-talented, mystical/magical, human-songwriter Ethan Gruska is a grounded and extremely likable person. Ethan’s 2017 Slowmotionary, for me, was a personal lifesaver during a hell of a year. He may have come across your radar through his indie band The Belle Brigade with his sister Barbara. Life after that band has consisted of returning back to the piano, his original instrument, concentrating on his solo work and producing (including co-producing Pheobe Bridgers’ debut album). We touch upon topics ranging from his mother’s stroke (which happened right after he was born) and the movie NBC produced about it, to his grandfather (JOHN GD WILLIAMS) to his weird interest in magic tricks. I try and get him to explain how his music is so freaking good, but we just come to the conclusion that the world is a mystery and life is beautiful…. or something.

This is a fun convo! Please enjoy and thanks for listening! Also make sure you subscribe, leave a review on iTunes and be nice to people.

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