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Blinded by the Light

Sacred Steel gives Grandfather Child an epiphany.

Gorham is Grandfather Child's principal songwriter, although he notes the other members are also working on songs for the band.

"I will probably write 90 percent of what we'll record on the first album, but I definitely want the other guys to have material that we record, too," he says.

As for his songwriting technique, Gorham confesses that "I try to borrow from the acts I love in subtle ways, nothing direct." As vocal models he cites Bobby Womack as "my major influence," but also name-checks Robert Johnson, Van Morrison and John Coltrane. Lately he's been into Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors.

Lucas Gorham (right) hopes Grandfather Child helps people "feel connected to ­themselves and the universe."
Emily Driskill
Lucas Gorham (right) hopes Grandfather Child helps people "feel connected to ­themselves and the universe."

"I also play a lot of improvised stuff with various people, so I even try to incorporate that improv thing into our music to leave us some room for spontaneity," says Gorham.

"I started this band with a concept that springs from my musical history. I've played a lot of gospel music in different churches as a hired musician, so gospel music really started influencing my music," he adds. "I wouldn't call myself much of a religious person, and my spiritual beliefs are pretty open-minded. But I wanted to start an awesome band that was like a church without a religion.

"I just want people to feel connected to themselves and to the universe, and hopefully our music adds to that."

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