Some fine Southern Appalachian tunes & Songs

 Fiddle, 2 banjos, guitar & bass,
an Old Time Band

We play songs of the rural south.
Great songs of love and life and fun.
We play for Dances, Hoe Downs, Parties, Weddings
Old time Clogging & Flatfooting demonstrations
Background music for events.

     Old-Time Reel in the haunting Mountain Model sound
                         Pretty Little Dog
        Old-Time reel / 1800's frontier song
                         Buck Mtn / Going Down
                                     Buck Mountain: 1920's local in Western Va. by Napolean Bonapart (Uncle Nip) Chisholm
                                     Goin' Down to Cairo: a form of Liza Jane in the wild west town of Cairo IL 
        Old-Time reels   
                         Over the Waterfall/Rakes of Mallow
                           Over the Waterfall: a British tune used for many songs
                           Rakes of Mallow: a jaunty reel
        Calling a dance:  Julie calling to Magpie

Music that still resonates in our collective memories, rich and sweet and lovely.                                    

Gooder ’n Grits is a local West Michigan old-time band that has a Southern orientation without the twang or drawl. Focusing on the pre-bluegrass era of the Carolinas, we play fiddle and banjo in the Round Peak style made famous by Tommy Jarrell and others. 

We have two banjo players who clog and flatfoot, two fiddlers, and two married couples whose lives have overlapped in many ways. 

This music could be considered sentimental because its simpler, elemental Mayberry-era sound harks back to a time when people could sit on their front porches playing music or spend a Saturday night going to dances. But these tunes and songs of love’s innocence, humor, and hope for the future have a rightful place in today’s entertainment-saturated  society. 

The music still resonates in our collective memories, rich and sweet and lovely.


    We practice real hard, so we know we’ll be Gooder than Grits.

                                                           Dance Page
Here at GRFAS Contra Dance January 1, 2016 with our best bassist Bryan Wittemore. 

Feb 14, 2014
"We had so much fun Friday night—and Gooder'n Grits was a hit!  We heard from so many people that they truly enjoyed the music and the event. 
We loved the music and you guys were great. Stephanie was in awe of your talent—as we all were, but those in our church who had no idea of your band couldn't stop talking about you—or--y'all!
R. told me later she had been skeptical about the event but she said it was too fun, and once she got on the dance floor she couldn't stop dancing! 
I also need to thank the great callers you brought. I liked the way Karin got us out on the floor at the beginning; they made it fun for kids and adults. 

Oh! It was a great night. 
Thank you again so very very much!"

See Facebook for Old Time Music events at:   THE SHAKER BARN,  in ADA MI
Check out the   Dutch River Old Time String Band   site for Old Country Love Songs

Our Youtube Videos

At the Outer Fringe GR Festival of the Arts 2015


At Bob's Barn 2013


Facebook Videos

                    Clogging at G.R. Festival of the Arts 2014



Short Profile:

Gooder’n Grits

Is an Old Time String Band that is inspired by the centuries old fiddle tunes of the upper south. Truly mountain music that is having a revival in the neo rural and urban folk bands. Two banjos, fiddle, guitar and bass bring you back a hundred years to when your family and neighbors gathered on Saturday for food music and dance. The hilarious songs take you aback at their rural universality,   

Beware clogging, or flatfoot dancing may break out. A square dance could commence with the energy that emanates from these simple forms. They are definitely Gooder than Grits.

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