Garrett Lebeau was born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Lander Wyoming and is an enrolled member of the Shoshone tribe. Speaking to both his playing and formative years, he has this to say...
"Growing up we listened to very little music. There was mostly just the 80's top 40 so, we didn't listen much to the radio. there was so much wide open space, I think that is in the music somehow. I didn't really start playing much until I was out of school and then it was a very slow process where I taught myself notes and chords.
The Blues spoke to me, the raw unadorned honesty is what still motivates me musically.. It spans all styles. When I say soul, I mean "SOUL" you know when music has it.I am not speaking of some narrow definition for a style of music. I speak of music with spirit about life... the trials and tribulations of the working man. Folk music is kin in spirit as is most music that I love. My goal is to connect with other like minded human beings, to keep the tradition of soul music alive. Where you write, play and sing from your own self - Just like the early blues musicians.. Feeling has no genre".
"Rise to the Grind" is Garrett Lebeau's debut album on Jimmy Lefave's Music Road Records.