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Sid Griffin
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Image: Sid GriffinAbout Sid Griffin

Sid Griffin wears many hats in his career as a musician, author and broadcaster. Well, okay, that's only three hats...but it's more than two and they all fit snugly and look quite smart. He is also a proud parent and makes excellent seafood rissotto but is, alas, unpaid for either task.

A eighth generation native Kentuckian who currently resides in England he recently turned on NBC's The Jimmy Kimmel Show only to hear one of his songs being played by the house band! Sid Griffin has already won a Lifetime Achievement Award in Italy (true!), and on Sept. 28, 2007 his 94,000 word book on Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes sessions will finally be available in the shops.

In October Sid's old band the Long Ryders, the legendary founders of alt-country, have a new live album released on Prima Records Ltd. entitled Live 2004: State Of Our Reunion and 2008 will witness a live DVD release from the same tour. Further to all this Sid activity a brand new bluegrass album from his band The Coal Porters will be released in February 2008 which features guest spots from such notables as ex-Byrd Chris Hillman.

His recent stint as Resident Musicologist on BBC Radio Two DJ Mark Radcliffe's excellent late night show raised his profile and brought the Griffin Wisdom to an entirely new demographic. Frequently heard on late night BBC Radio Griffin's silver-toned his vocal chords will be heard extensively when the BBC broadcast Mark Lamarr's four part series Redneck Music.

As a musician Griffin continues to perform on bluegrass mandolin with his acoustic Coal Porters ensemble.

Website: www.sidgriffin.com

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