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The Great Dying takes the stage at John and Peter’s in New Hope next month

The Great Dying, a country guitar duo led by Delta-born singer Will Griffith, takes center stage at John & Peter’s in New Hope on Nov. 14 at 9 p.m.

“I want people to celebrate sad music because of its beauty,” said Griffith, although he doesn’t see his dark country musings as directly blues influenced. “I want people to celebrate sad music because of its beauty. Sad songs help you laugh at your own sadness. They are meant to help you keep going.”

Will’s first release as The Great Dying was 2018’s “Bloody Noses & Roses,” courtesy of Dial Back Sound, a production company and label located in Water Valley, Mississippi.

The Great Dying currently tours as a two-guitar duo in which Will is accompanied by Craig Pratt, a session guitarist and friend from Chatsworth, Georgia. Pratt adds texture and depth to Griffithʼs songs about revelry, recovery, failures and warnings.

More recently, The Great Dying recorded a new song. “Writing a Song in Blue Ink.” in tribute to musician, singer and poet David Berman (of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains ) who passed in August 2019.

John and Peter’s is located at 96 S. Main St. in New Hope.

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