Guitar / Backing Vocals

Grant Mellor
Guitar / Backing Vocals


Song-writing Influences:
I grew up listening to The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, and other great bands in the late 60’s-early 70’s. There was something special about the music they created during that period. I believe it lies in the marriage of blues and rock. Later I was drawn to the energy and attitude of the early punk bands, such as Iggy Pop, Ramones, and X.

I write music for the Whiskey Slough Band that is aimed to hit the sweet spot of blues-inspired rock-n-roll.  There’s so much good music, with such variety, that can still be written in this genre, and I love having the opportunity to make my contribution. I hope you’ll enjoy it when you come see us play.


My Guitar-playing Influences:

My favorite guitar players from the “golden era” of blues-rock include: Billy Gibbons, Angus Young, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards (with his 5 string drop D sound), and Robin Trower.  More recent guitarists I admire are Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) and CC Adcock.  


Musical Bio:

I started playing guitar when I was 19, in a series of punk-blues band in college.  Upon graduation I got “serious,” sold my equipment, and gave up the band life.  Twenty seven years later my interest was rekindled when I happened upon a performance of Blues Band 101, taught by Shad Harris.  I joined the class, then formed the Delta Nights with some  fellow students, followed by the Tule Cats. After a few studio recording sessions, I began to realize how much better it was to create original music than to play only “cover” songs.  This led to the Whiskey Slough Band, now in its fourth year and going strong with all-original blues rock (and a few select killer-covers thrown we love cuttin' loose on!).   

My favorite Whiskey Slough experience (so far): Recording at The Press Studio.

Best thing about being in "The Slough": The wonderful people we meet before and after shows, hanging with the band, and creating new music. There really is nothing like it, to watch something you created, grow and develop and then to have total strangers really enjoy it. It's magic.


First concert I attended: Ted Nugent

Best concert I ever attended: I saw U2 as an opening act before they were famous.  That or X and Blondie in a club in downtown DC, in '81.

Other interesting facts: The best performance I've ever seen was my daughter's Junior High Band. They were so bad, it was rib-splitting funny!

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