Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys (GGB), an independent country band from Grand Rapids, MI, that had national acclaim with its song Standard American, announced its 2016 “These Are The Good Times” Summer Tour, highlighted by major festivals around the country.
To celebrate the tour, GGB is also releasing a new song, These Are The Good Times, on May 20, the opening night of the tour with a performance at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. These Are The Good Times will be on the band’s full length album, Good Rhythm, due out this fall.
Highlights on the tour include America’s River Festival June 10 in Dubuque, IA, with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jon Pardi, hometown WBCT’s Birthday Bash June 19 and Country Stampede in Manhattan, KS, June 24, with Tim McGraw. On July 2, GGB will play just before Jake Owen and Jana Kramer at Jam In The Valley outside of Buffalo, NY, Country Thunder in Twin Lakes, WI, July 23, WYCD’s Hoedown July 31 at DTE Energy Pavilion in Clarkston, MI and the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls, SD with Chris Janson and Locash.
Standard American, which was released on the Average Joes Mud Digger 5 compilation, became a SiriusXM Highway Find with 250 plays in the summer of 2014 and has sold 35,000 downloads in the US and Canada to date. Top sales markets include New York, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Detroit and the Sioux Falls, SD/Sioux City, IA region where Midwest Communications KTWB made the song a hit that “still generates requests,” according to PD Tom Gjerdrum.
“These Are The Good Times” Summer Tour
May 20 – St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit, MI
May 21 – Broad Street Underground, Hillsdale, MI
May 29 – St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, Orchard Lake, MI
June 3 – Mud Stock, Twisted Trails Off Road Park, Copemish, MI
June 4 – Auto City Speedway, Clio, MI
June 10 – America’s River Festival, Dubuque, IA, (2 shows) w/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jon Pardi
June 11 – Boondocks, Springfield, IL
June 19 – WBCT’s Birthday Bash, Martin, MI
June 24 – Country Stampede, Manhattan, KS, (3 shows) w/Tim McGraw, Chris Janson, Josh Abbott Band
June 30 – Tequila Cowboy, Lansing, MI
July 1 – Schmitt’s Saloon, Morgantown, WV
July 2 – Jam In The Valley, Varysburg, NY w/Jake Owen, Jana Kramer
July 14 – Rebel Road, Benefit for the Child Abuse Council, Muskegon, MI
July 21 – Ogemaw Hills Bike Week, West Branch, MI
July 23 – Country Thunder, Twin Lakes, WI (2 shows) w/Jake Owen, Chris Janson, Granger Smith, Locash
July 25 – White County Fair, Reynolds, IN
July 29 – Sound & Lights Festival, Chelsea, MI
July 31 – WYCD’s Hoedown, DTE Energy Pavilion
August 5 – Hensville Park, Toledo, OH
August 6 – Lamar Concerts In The Park, Wyoming, MI
August 11 – Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls, SD
September 8 – Kanza Hall, Overland Park, KS
September 9 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
September 10 – Rebels On The Run Country Music Fest, Chadwick, IL
More shows will be added.
About Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys
The band is led by apple farmer Gunnar Nyblad, who went to the Michigan State University Agricultural School, and met band mates Shane Grehan, Chris Newberg and Joe Connolly. Then he introduced them to his childhood friend Rob Mason, who has been in bands with Gunnar since they were 12 years old. Their first show was opening for Justin Moore at Grand Rapid’s The Intersection in 2009. During the last two years, GGB has opened shows for home state favorite Kid Rock, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Dustin Lynch, Tyler Farr and Colt Ford. GGB entered the Rukkus Room recording studio in January to record songs written by Nyblad, who also has two co-writes each with Keesy Timmer and Big Kenny of Big & Rich on the album. Good Rhythm is produced by Jamie Tate, who has recorded and mixed a who’s who of country artists from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and George Jones, to Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett and FGL, winning a Grammy in 1998 for his work on Tribute To Tradition. The band has released 4 videos for Standard American, Could Be Me, Pedal To The Floor and Country Boy Tan Lines. Could Be Me video, released as an April Fools prank where it looked as if they performed the song in truck beds while being filmed by the Google Street Car, generated over 500,000 views in one weekend. Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys are booked by Buddy Lee Attractions VP Dave Kiswiney and managed by Joe Schuld of Anchor Management.