Griffin Anthony Talks Recording New Album, Refuge, in Nashville and Love of Italian Food

"Some of my lunch staples are, Tower Deli or Bolton's, and Mas Tacos. That's the one place I feel the tacos are worth an often excruciatingly lines. "

What first drew you to music?

My parents were cool enough to have instruments around the house without ever pushing them on me. I just bonded with music far more than any video games, books, or cartoons. I played sports, but nothing came more naturally than playing drums, piano, or guitar along with The Beatles and Michael Jackson cassettes in my bedroom. It was less about wanting to perform and more about losing myself and trying to decide my favorite tunes. Around fourth grade, even playing along to the most simple pop tunes, made me feel like I had discovered a superpower.

Was Refuge born in Nashville or on the road?

Refuge was born at my cottage in Ridgefield, CT, but I didn’t have its title until after the record was mastered. When I’m home, I wake up, brush my teeth, make coffee and sit down at the piano. For about a year, everything I wrote was about characters (men, women, old, young) on a quest for happiness, security, or purpose. Essentially, it was a concept record before I realized it was a concept record. I wasn’t aware of the collective theme until I took a step back, looked at the tunes, and began pitchin’ the project to investors.

Why did you choose to work with producer, Jon Estes, and record in East Nashville at The Bomb Shelter?

Jon and I met briefly when we both lived in Miami. We ran in different circles, but he was widely regarded as the most talented bass players around. Jon was kinda like the ‘white whale’ of University of Miami jazzers. When I heard that he moved back to Nashville and I started touring, I followed his career from afar. We crossed paths again from time to time, but never really hung out or worked together. Once Refuge’s budget came together, Jon was my first choice. Needless to say, he had my total trust with the material even before he agreed to the project. And The Bomb Shelter is like no other studio. Not because it’s beautiful and pristine like a museum full of priceless gear, but because of its overall funky and gritty lived-in feel. There’s just something about the place that feels warm and inviting, but a little roughed up. Since it’s all vintage analog gear, the space and equipment feel like you’re in a time warp. Some of my favorite records of the past decade have been tracked there. It’s just a special place to make music.

Favorite lyric/song from Refuge.

It changes all the time, but this week my favorite song is “1954” and my favorite lyric is, ‘head on a pillow of feathers and faith / hell-bent on feeling,’ from the song, “Only Hope Remains.”

What’s a song you may have written ‘just for you,’ but has had a lot of response from listeners?

There’s a tune from my previous album called, “What a Lie Looks Like.” I never would’ve imagined it’d have any legs, but I’m grateful it’s found a way to connect with others, jump on playlists, and garner some licensing. After I wrote it, I had it pegged as a ‘throw-away.’

What would eight-year-old Griffin say to you now about your life and career?

I remember thinking that all grown-ups had it figured out. As if a computer chip would drop into my head at eighteen and answer all my questions. My eight-year-old self would probably just ask if I did in fact ‘have it all figured out?’ And he probably wouldn’t love the answer.

Growing up in Bedford, NY, and coming from a family of Italian cooks, what were meals typically like for you growing up?

My mom never really cooked the heavy red sauced-based typical Italian dishes. She’d use a lot of fresh vegetables, herbs, meats, and great quality extra-virgin olive oil from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. Her pasta dishes were always different and bold with weird stuff like fennel seeds, pignoli nuts, or roasted garlic. I never remember seeing any open cookbooks or recipes- as she’d just cook with ‘a little of this’ and ‘a little of that.’ It wasn’t until I left for college, and later, touring, that I could appreciate the creativity of her meals.

Can you remember cooking with your family at an early age?

I can remember the savory aromas that wafted from my mom or grandparent’s kitchen, but I’d usually be shooed away with instructions to, “go wash your hands and set the table” (haha). Around Christmas time, I’d often help out with mom’s lemon anisette cookies. I’m not a huge fan of licorice extract, but those cookies are so simple and delicious.

Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up?

From the ‘Gypsy Kings’ to ‘Sade’ to ‘Annie Lennox’ to ‘Strunz and Farah,’ there were always eclectic sounds coming out of the kitchen. Apparently, moms prepare better meals while they’re a-singin’ and dancin’!

Do you cook as much as you can when off the road or do you prefer eating out?

When I have a night off, I’ll usually (first and foremost) catch up on sleep. Then once dinner rolls around, I’ll grill up some salmon or skirt steak and pair it with a green and wild rice. Nothing too fancy. Just quick, tasty, and healthy.

What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with?

Extra-virgin olive oil is the most used ingredient in my kitchen. I really only use a few different spices and seasonings like fresh lemon juice, pink Himalayan salt, red pepper flakes, cayenne, basil, rosemary, and thyme.

Tell us about one memorable meal you’ve had during your travels. What did it involve?

One meal that stands out was a sunset dinner with a few friends on a beach in Ipanema, Brazil. It was this little shack that only had a few small tables set up in the sand. The staff was comprised of a chef working a single oven/stovetop and server that doubled as a bartender. After starting our table out with rounds of caipirinha cocktails, we were served a roasted heart of palm and artichoke dish, moqueca de camarão (shrimp stew), and Mahi with a light passionfruit sauce. After one too many caipirinhas, I lost track of all the food, but that stew was the highlight. The love that went into such an old-world traditional meal translated tenfold in every bite- not to mention the juxtaposition of such surprisingly killer cuisine comin’ from such a humble operation.

Is there anywhere you have wanted to travel or a restaurant you have always wanted to dine in that you have not yet? Or somewhere you can not wait to get back to?

There’s a place in the west village of New York called The Spotted Pig. I have been dying to get there for the past few years.

If you designed your own food tour of Nashville, which restaurants/bars would be on your list of places to visit?

When I’m in town, it’s usually a hustle and get as much work done as possible vibe. I’d love to experience Nashville when I can really enjoy it. I’ve heard great things about Folk, The Treehouse, City House in Germantown, and Chauhan on 12th. I’ll usually eat a big breakfast and lunch and then track through dinner late into the night. Some of my lunch staples are, Tower Deli or Bolton’s, and Mas Tacos. That’s the one place I feel the tacos are worth an often excruciatingly lines. Overall, nothing too fancy. I usually stay on the east side of town as meals are unfortunately often rushed on studio breaks.

Aside from your passion for food and music, what’s the one thing that really keeps you ticking?

Hanging with family and friends is more important to me now more than ever. But when it comes to non-food or music related passions, I’m either fly fishing, hiking, or watching baseball somewhere.

Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?

Traditional Medicinal’s ‘throat coat’ tea. That stuff gets me through all my recording sessions and nightly live dates. Couldn’t live without it!


Show More

Mary Ann Kaylor Griffiths

Reach me at

Related Articles


  1. What i do not understood is in fact how you’re now not really a lot more well-appreciated than you might be right now.
    You’re very intelligent. You recognize therefore significantly in terms of this subject, made me personally
    imagine it from so many various angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be fascinated until it’s something
    to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs nice. At all times maintain it up!

  2. Nice post. I learn something totally new and
    challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always be
    helpful to read content from other writers and practice a little something from other websites.

  3. Hello! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a
    new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have
    done a extraordinary job!

  4. Please let me know if you’re looking for a writer for your weblog.

    You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good
    asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really
    like to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link
    back to mine. Please shoot me an e-mail if interested. Thanks!

  5. Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wished to mention that I’ve
    really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts.

    In any case I’ll be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

  6. I was recommended this web site through my cousin.
    I am now not sure whether this put up is written by means of him as no one else understand such specified approximately my problem.

    You are incredible! Thanks!

  7. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Looking through
    this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this.
    I am going to forward this information to him.
    Pretty sure he’ll have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it
    from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.
    Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Thank you

  9. My brother recommended I might like this blog.
    He was totally right. This post truly made my day.
    You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent
    for this information! Thanks!

  10. Hello, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar
    one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses?
    If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  11. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser
    compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design look great
    though! Hope you get the issue resolved soon. Cheers

  12. Good way of explaining, and good post to obtain information on the topic of my presentation subject matter, which
    i am going to deliver in institution of higher education.

  13. Fine way of explaining, and fastidious paragraph to obtain data on the topic of my presentation subject matter, which i am going to deliver in academy.

  14. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your website
    on my iphone during lunch break. I love the information you
    present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.

    I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, excellent blog!

  15. Asking questions are truly nice thing if you are not understanding anything entirely, however this post presents fastidious understanding even.

  16. We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with useful info to work on. You have done a formidable activity and our
    entire neighborhood will probably be grateful to you.

  17. I was recommended this web site through my cousin. I’m now not sure
    whether or not this put up is written through him as nobody else know such targeted
    approximately my difficulty. You’re wonderful! Thank you!

  18. hello!,I really like your writing very a lot!
    proportion we keep in touch extra approximately your article on AOL?

    I require a specialist in this house to resolve my problem.

    Maybe that is you! Looking ahead to see you.

  19. What’s up, for all time i used to check webpage posts here in the early hours in the break of
    day, since i enjoy to learn more and more.

  20. After going over a number of the articles on your website, I truly like your technique of blogging.
    I added it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future.

    Please check out my website too and let me know how you feel.

  21. como ganhar na lotofacil, acertar na lotofacil, ganhar na lotofacil, como ganhar na lotofacil de verdade, como ganhar na lotofacil sempre, como ganhar na lotofacil 2020, como ganhar na lotofacil 100 garantido, dicas lotofacil, como acertar na lotofacil, dicas para ganhar na lotofacil

  22. The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone
    and tested to see if it can survive a 40
    foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad
    is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  23. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m
    not sure whether this post is written by him
    as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You’re wonderful!

  24. Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog
    with my zynga group? There’s a lot of people that
    I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know.

    Thank you

  25. I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for.
    can you offer guest writers to write content available for you?
    I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating
    on a few of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome

  26. Good day very nice website!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing ..
    I will bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally?
    I’m glad to find so many useful information here within the put up,
    we want work out extra techniques on this regard, thanks
    for sharing. . . . . .

  27. Hello my loved one! I want to say that this post is awesome, great written and come with approximately all vital
    infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

    My web site; CBD oil UK

  28. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post
    reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept
    talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.

    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank
    you for sharing!

    My blog post; CBD oils UK

  29. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward
    this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Here is my web page … CBD products

  30. This design is incredible! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.

    Too cool!

    Also visit my web page – CBD oil for arthritis

  31. I simply want to mention I’m newbie to weblog and certainly enjoyed you’re blog site. Likely I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You certainly have remarkable well written articles. Appreciate it for sharing your webpage.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button