Grassfed are a Kansas City quartet playing throwback bluegrass music. Respected as much for their songwriting as their picking, Grassfed recordings feature only original compositions, a rarity among traditional bluegrass outfits. In 2017, they released their eighteen-track deep self-titled debut album to regional acclaim. Recorded while a five-piece with beloved Kansas City one-man-band A.J. Gaither on upright “bass” (being a homemade contraption consisting of a five-gallon drum and a single string), Grassfed is a beautiful blend of originality and tradition.
As refreshing as their debut album is, the best way to experience Grassfed is live. They may be a stage-full of old souls, but they play with fresh, contagious energy that gets crowds dancing and jumping, hootin’ and hollerin’. Grassfed have taken their stage show to a lot of people in the past year, spending much of 2017 on the road, from Texas to Wisconsin and a thousand points in-between. But they always find their way back to Kansas City, and they can regularly be seen onstage at the Westport Saloon and Knuckleheads Saloon.
Originally a quintet, Grassfed has mixed up the lineup and instrumentation a bit, now consisting of Cameron Keeling on upright bass, Josh Keegan on guitar, Jake Keegan on dobro, and Stas’ Heaney on fiddle. The instruments are a little different, but the music and the harmonies are as good as ever. As true as the day they started picking together, when you have a craving for pure and fun American music, you just can’t beat Grassfed.