Graham is constantly finding new ways to deliver world music that defies categorization under the blanket of rock, jazz, classical, and funk guitar; his music is built on seamless layers of harmonies and driven tribal beats. Whether performing solo, or with Karl Anderson on drums, it is all created live on stage.
Graham’s insightful and thought provoking songwriting touches on universal themes of life, love, and those hard-knock lessons learned along the way, something we all can relate to. Equally comfortable unplugged as with his array of pedals, beat machines, and sound effects.
With the December 2011 release of his sixth independently produced album, “Permission to Think,” and a 30-minute documentary of the same name, produced by MPA Productions, now streaming on YouTube, Graham Whorley is poised to make an indelible mark on the national scene. The 14-track album challenges us to consider ways that break down walls, perceptions, and illusions that stop us from reaching our true potential. Throughout, Whorley speaks from experience. Whorley took on the daunting task of composing all of the music, writing all the lyrics and playing all of the instruments on “Permission to Think.” Whorley spent the last two years crafting the album with engineer Roger Reynolds from N8 Audio.
In the last year, Leeway’s Homegrown Music Network out of Mebane, NC. nominated “Permission to Think” to be in the running for their Studio Album of The Year for 2012 among some of the nation’s finest musicians. Graham was also honored to be invited to make an appearance on stage this year for Warren Haynes 24th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. Whorley plans to record his 7th studio album with his band and bring his show on the road throughout the spring and summer months in the coming Year.
Graham Whorley and his band have shared the stage over the last several years with Tim Reynolds, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Lee Oskar of WAR, Members of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Brock Butler, Delbert McClinton, Keller Williams, and Dumpstaphunk to name a few.
Graham seems to effortlessly connect with his listeners and leaves a deep and lasting impression, leaving fans waiting for more.
“If you follow the music scene, then it is almost impossible not to have heard of Graham Whorley at some point. The Virginia transplant performs more than 250 shows a year, either with a band or as a solo acoustic artist, and his guitar virtuosity is well-known even outside the confines of the Lowcountry.” ~ The Post & Courier
“A master with a loop pedal, he's able to blend percussive acoustic rhythms with building, exploratory leads, creating a fusion that's difficult to sit still to.” ~ The Charleston City Paper
“Whorley creates an impressive range of string, percussion, and vocal affects. At his most ambitious, his layering guitar and vocal parts sound like a full trio at work.” ~ Metronome’s, T. Ballard Lesemann
“Whorley seems to effortlessly connect with his listeners and leaves a deep and lasting impression, leaving fans waiting for more. Wherever he goes, he has a following.” ~ The Georgetown Times.