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Solo on the front porch of Sam Houston's home in Huntsville, TX
Garret Factory Band plays a show with Kenny Cordray in Houston, TX

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As a youth Garret was a singer in stage shows, boys chorus, solo with guitar, and by age 13 he began pursuing songwriting. In high school talent shows he won awards for his original acoustic songs. Attending Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, he was chosen a member of HSPVA’s ‘Young Performers’ - one of twelve singer-dancers backed by the school’s stage band, and performed in many large venues, including Houston's Music Hall, and the Sam Houston Coliseum. During high school and through college Garret entertained solo, duo, or trio, in restaurant circuits such as: Damian’s Restaurant, Old Quarter Tavern, Gallagher’s Restaurant, Mariner Seafood, Steak & Ale, and others in the Houston/Galveston area. Garret entered music school at the University of Houston and then transferred in his sophomore year to Sam Houston State University/Huntsville, TX, where a guitar study program was offered. He achieved his BA in Music (a split major voice, guitar, and composition) with his minor in Business. Also he studied mandolin, harmonica, bass, piano, and percussions. He played solo and with bands while earning his way through college, as well as affording musical instruments, PA gear, studio demo recordings, etc. striving to become a professional musician. He recorded his first LP ‘Lack of Sleep’ (Earth Records, Houston, TX) at Sound Arts Studio while in college.

Garret Factory characterizes a performing and recording artist who has lived the working life of a dock worker, factory worker, courier, production/purchasing manager, salesman, and farm-ranchhand. These occupations have yielded much expression and realism in his music and writing.

Garret Factory moved with Interchange Records & Productions from Texas to Atlanta, GA in July 1988. Starting in Oct. ’88, Garret Factory toured the Southeast US for 3-4 tours per year as a soloist (with musician friends sitting in along the way). These “Gulf Coast Tours” presented Garret Factory music to new audiences in major cities from Athens, GA to Austin, TX. The Factory man has performed live many times on Atlanta’s WRFG Radio. Also, Atlanta’s WRAS-GSU, WRFG, and many internet & college radio stations are giving airplay to Garret’s albums. Garret Factory has performed solo at Dante’s at Dante’s Down the Hatch Restaurants for over 4 years, and his band has performed regularly at CJ’s Landing, American Pie and at many other venues. The band performed as a feature band in Fat Tuesday’s 1992-96 Jazz & Heritage Festival in Atlanta. Garret’s group has performed several times at the City Stages Festival in Birmingham and at the Columbus Uptown Jam Festival. During the 1996 Summer Games, Garret’s band played many shows on the Budweiser ‘Celebration of the Century’ Stage – next to the Olympic Centennial Park. Other shows hosting Olympic visitors were performed at Underground Atlanta, and Clark University’s Pascal’s Center. His bands have performed on the showboat and the pavilions at Stone Mountain Park, as well as events on The Amistad Party Yacht on Lake Lanier.

Since his move to Atlanta, he and his band have received many press articles in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, Decatur’s News/Sun, Atlanta Footnotes, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Columbus Playgrounds, and other supportive regional publications.

In Texas he has received mention in Marty Racine’s Critics Choice column of the Houston Chronicle, and the Chronicle’s Zest-Sneak Preview - ‘Best Bets’, along with gaining support from Houston’s Public News, Houston Press, Houston Music News, Texas Buddy Magazine, Fitzgerald’s Fitzherald, Austin Chronicle, Austin Music News, and the Austin Statesman's Best Bets. Houston’s KPFT Public Radio and Rice University’s KTRU, as well as Austin’s KUT Radio, support Garret Factory music with airplay and live radio shows.

Even though many well-known artists & bands were traditionally not willing to perform in the South (Southeast US), Garret embraced the challenge of trying to build a new grass roots circuit. He continuously toured performing in venues such as: Widow Watson’s in Biloxi & Jackson, MS; the Library in Baton Rouge, LA; and T.P. Crockmier’s in Mobile & Montgomery, AL and the Lumberyard in Mobile, AL; as well as many other more remote areas of AL, GA, TN, NC, FL, & TX – henceforth his rockin’ live CD is entitled: ‘The Drive Off the Map’. In 2012, Garret released a full album of new originals with his band Whooping Cranes. The album entitled: 'Rock With the Flock' / Interchange Records also includes the Whooping Crane horn section on many songs. Garret and Whooping Cranes performed CD Release Party Shows in 2012 at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar in Houston, TX and at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta, GA.

So, if you are in the East, West, or North, and you keep hearing a sort of faint-howling sound in your ears, it's probably just Garret Factory who continues rockin' the South!

For additional History info. – see also the websites for Whooping Cranes, Crucial Dread Reggae Band, & The Businessmen.

 

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