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Latest News & Updates

New year = New Music! Brand new song "Falling For You" - January 1, 2018

Dennis Pilon of Poprockrecord.com reviews "Never Give Up" by Gordy Garris - December 13, 2017


Powerpopaholic.com reviews "Never Give Up" by Gordy Garris - October 7, 2017


Brand New Album - Never Give Up - now available!

Bo White talks about "Never Give Up" by Gordy Garris - The Review Magazine (Issue 848) - August 3, 2017


Gordy Garris - Happier (Ed Sheeran Cover) - June 15, 2017

Should be a great time tonight at the Empire Room!

My good friend
Julian Jackson is opening for me!

Show starts at 9:00pm!

Gordy Garris - Let Me In (Live from historic Puckett's Grocery of Leiper's Fork) - Franklin, TN - May 21, 2017

Third studio album name and track listing announced - April 30, 2017

The mystery is a mystery no more! Garris reveals the name of his 2017 studio album release; "Never Give Up." The track listing is 11 songs long and features the singles "Let Me In," "Nobody's There" and "Stole My Heart." Pre-sales date for the album is May 19th, with the official release date coming on Friday, June 16, 2017.
Here is a preview of the album on Soundcloud!

Tracks included in the preview:

1. Let Me In
2. Good Times
3. All That I Want
4. Nobody's There
5. Stole My Heart
6. Move Me
7. Remember Me
8. Out Of My Mind
9. Believe Me

South of the Straits Podcast (feat. Gordy Garris new single) - April 23, 2017

Garris talks with Side show Nate about the recent name change to his project and his newest single "Let Me In."

New blog post for the fans.. check it out! - March 14, 2017

South of the Straits Podcast (feat. Gordy Garris new single) - January 15, 2017

Stole My Heart (In the Matrix remix) - November 11, 2016

South of the Straits Podcast wsg/Gordy Garris - September 18, 2016

South of the Straits Podcast wsg/Gordy Garris - August 28, 2016

Detroit Rock City Radio interview (feat. Gordy Garris Group) - August 25, 2016

Stole My Heart Music Video Shoot

Stole My Heart Music Video shoot. 08/20/16

August 20, 2016 - Cinematographer Trenten Cameron returned to shoot the band's third consecutive music video production. Lead singer/songwriter Gordy Garris performs the song "Stole My Heart" on piano, accompanied by Cody Collins on the acoustic guitar and a special performance by Maiya Kaufmann on the violin.

The band's brand new single will debut everywhere on September 13, 2016. The music video will debut on the band's YouTube channel and the song will be available for streaming on Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google

Down at the Disco 2016 Summer Tour

Live from Flintstock. 08/06/16

Seen here at Flintstock 2016 on August 6th, Gordy Garris Group performing together with it's newest member, making his debut performance, guitarist Cody Collins out of Lincoln, MI (far left).

The band's summer tour featured 9 shows around mid-Michigan and a special acoustic performance in Duluth, Minnesota! The band was able to distribute their albums with the Minnesota Record Store chain, Electric Fetus.

The summer tour wrapped up with the band playing live to hundreds of students at a freshman rally for Delta College on August 18th and again acoustically on August 27th for the Excellency Music Festival!

Studio Album #3 - TBA (2016-)

Gordy Garris Group is back at it yet again; in the studio for the summer of 2016 working on their third studio album in as many years! They have already recorded two singles with Whitehead Recording that will be released very soon with subsequent music videos to follow on the band's YouTube channel. The band plans to be wrapping up their newest album release with Reed Recording Company in late 2016, early 2017. Lead singer/songwriter Gordy Garris talks about the band's new album and upcoming 2016 summer tour in a recent interview with Bandwidth Daily Magazine.

Published: June 22, 2016

First ever iTunes single - DOWN AT THE DISCO (2016)

May 17, 2016, Gordy Garris Group released it's first ever non-album single onto iTunes and Spotify. The track is the first of many new releases to come from the band in 2016.

Julian Jackson playing in the studio. 04/30/16

In the studio with Julian Jackson at Whitehead Recording tracking drums for our newest single,

Down At the Disco!

Taken: April 30, 2016

Gordy Garris Group rocks the 2016 ISMA Finals

April 9, 2016 - Touring bassist and vocalist Joe Balbaugh of Saginaw, MI joined the band for this special performance at AmVets Post #22 in Bay City, MI.

Gordy Garris Group shown from left to right: Joe Balbaugh, Gordy Garris, Julian Jackson, and Lawyer Jones.

Live from ISMA Finals. 04/09/16

Julian Jackson's Live Debut for the band - Gorilla Warfare Circuit (ISMA)

Julian Jackson Live 2016

Drummer Julian Jackson playing at BeMo's Bar in Bay City, MI on February 26th, 2016.

With the help of a loop station, playing as a two-piece band, Garris and Jackson were able to rock the night and won show #9 at BeMo's in Bay City, MI. This victory guaranteed the pair a chance to compete in the 2016 ISMA Finals.

Under the Moon (Gas House Gorillas Chamber remix) - February 19, 2016

Runnin' Through the Streets (Feat. TruthJones)

December 31, 2015 - Saginaw native drummer Julian Jackson became a full time member of the band in late 2015, with his debut performance in the music video, "Runnin' Through the Streets." Which can be found on the band's YouTube channel; alternatively you can also watch it here.

Cinematographer Trenten Cameron is credited with filming this music video for Gordy Garris Group.

The Streets Tour

December 3, 2015 - Lead guitarist Mario Turner rejoined the group for the last of the band's tour in 2015, playing live here with Garris and TruthJones.

Gordy Garris live. 12/03/15
The Streets tour 2015-2016

             December 3, 2015 - Space Monkey Jam in Bay City, MI.                                                  The Streets Tour - Cover Artwork

Studio Album #2 - The Pulse

With the band's "Hater tour" completed, they began their next tour and newest album! Feature singles off the new album were announced for the album on the home page of this website, with the date of release set for Sept. 25, 2015.

July 2, 2015 - Production for the new album began with Reed Recording Company in Bay City, MI. Tour dates for the band's newest tour, "The Streets" were announced and can be found on the Tour page of this website. 

May 18, 2014, the band officially released their first single off of the album, entitled "Night Fall." It was also at this time when the name of the album was released; The Pulse.

Official album artwork

for the band's second studio album, released, Sept. 2015

Holiday Mall Tour Announced with Tunes for Tots

November 19, 2014 - The last leg of the Hater tour to be done with Tunes For Tots on the 2014 Sounds of the Season, USA Holiday Mall Tour! Dates and venues were announced on the band's Facebook page. Some of the major cities included were Detroit, Chicago, and Nashville. Tour dates given in the promotional box to the right.

Tunes for Tots USA Holiday Mall Tour 2014

Gordy Garris plays the West Coast

November 15, 2014 - The next part of the tour saw Garris reach out to the west coast for the first time ever, when he played the Youbloom Festival in Los Angeles, California! The performance was done by lead singer/songwriter Gordy Garris, who was accompanied by hip hop/rap artist TruthJones (Lawyer Jones).

The debut studio album - Music Masquerade

August 31, 2014 - Over a year since the band's debut performance together in August, 2013, the group proudly releases it's first studio album with 11 tracks. Lead singer/songwriter Gordy Garris had put in copious amounts of time working with Whitehead Recording   audio engineer and producer Bobby G., to put together the debut studio album. The three feature singles off of the debut studio album include "Hater," "Dreams" and "Back To Me." Subsequent music videos were to follow on the band's YouTube channel advertising the releases and promoting the new album's official release onto the iTunes Store.

Known for the lyrical intrigue and catchy chorus lines that will stick in your head, the debut album brought several dynamic guitar solos to the table as well. Despite being an unsigned band from Saginaw, MI, the possibilities seem endless for this group of 20-year olds.

Official album artwork for the band's 2014 debut album.

Lineup Changes, Acquisitions and Touring Members

September 2, 2014 - The group officially added blues guitarist, Mario Turner of Saginaw, MI to their ticket, further solidifying the band's live show for the remainder of their "Hater Tour." 

May, 2014
 - The look of the group begins to change with the acquisition of new members and parting with others. In early May, Gordy Garris began working with new lead guitarist Greg Lutz of Bridgeport, MI.

May, 2014 - Drummer Rob Rigg of Alpena, MI was unable to make his return and withdrew from the band. The case was the same with touring percussionist Mike Jarema, of East Lansing, MI.

May 18, 2014 - Bassist Cameron Kasper announced his official resignation from the group after one year of work with them.

Blues guitarist Mario Turner
Blues Guitarist, percussionist,
Mario "RioGrAnd" Turner.
Guitarist Greg Lutz

Lead Guitarist, percussionist and background vocalist, Greg Lutz.


"Hater Tour" and studio time

Following their first performance together at the 2013 Saginaw Wonderfest, the group devoted much of it's time in 2013 and early 2014 to the studio for the release of their upcoming debut album.

April 10, 2014 - The band got back together and had it's first show since Wonderfest, at White's Bar in Saginaw. Garris and Kasper played with special guests, Dr. Tim Hendrickson of Midland, MI on piano and Mike Jarema of East Lansing, MI on the drums.

2013-14 Hater tour logo


The official artwork for the band's feature single off of their debut album, which is also the title track for the band's debut tour.

Gordy Garris live from Saginaw, MI. 04/10/14

Band's return to the live stage @ White's Bar, in Saginaw, MI

Gordy Garris,

Cameron Kasper,

Mike Jarema and

Dr. Tim Hendrickson

Gordy Garris Group - Formation and live concert debut

In early August of 2013, Gordy Garris and Cameron Kasper formerly of the band Under Fire, got back together to continue their project and renamed it the Gordy Garris Group. At this point, the duo began working with drummer Rob Rigg in preparation for their show together at the Saginaw Wonderfest.

Gordy Garris Group made its debut on the live stage together at the Saginaw Wonderfest (Free Benefit Concert), on Saturday, August 24th, 2013. At 4:30 p.m. the band took the stage performing underneath the shade of the brand new First Merit Pavilion; located across the street from the Dow Event Center in Downtown Saginaw, Michigan. The setlist for the group included one cover song and three original songs to be featured in future album releases.

Gordy Garris live at Saginaw Wonderfest
Saginaw Wonderfest Live 2013

2013 Saginaw Wonderfest; First Merit Bank Event Park

(left) Rob Rigg, (right) Gordy Garris

Saginaw Wonderfest Live 2013