Sid Griffin is a multi-faceted musician, proud author, knowledgeable broadcaster and is best known as a founder of legendary Americana band The Long Ryders.
An eighth-generation native Kentuckian who resides in England, Sid had success with his Million Dollar Bash book on Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes as well as the follow up, Shelter From The Storm. He has also enjoyed favourable reviews due to his “alt-bluegrass" band The Coal Porters having success after success with their final CD, No. 6.
Griffin won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 (Piero Ciampi Award) in Italy, and Sid’s old band the Long Ryders, the legendary founders of alt-country, are occasionally found touring. The Long Ryders 4-CD box set Final Wild Songs was released in 2016 to universal acclaim.
As a musician, Griffin performed on bluegrass mandolin with his acoustic Coal Porters ensemble till their July 2018 demise. The Coal Porters played festivals around the world and in between all of this ensemble activity Sid Griffin still performs the occasional, special, solo troubadour show. Sid’s first solo release was Little Victories in 1997, which featured Billy Bragg singing an unreleased Phil Ochs song, Sailors and Soldiers.
Sid’s second solo CD was As Certain as Sunrise in 2005 and lately his solo appearances are in support of his 2015 solo album, The Trick Is to Breathe, which earned Griffin four and five star reviews globally with Britain’s Uncut magazine making it their Americana Album Of The Month.