Hayes Griffin

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Guitarist and background vocalist Hayes Griffin was raised near Columbus, Ohio, and grew up loving Bluegrass music, courtesy of his dad “always playing it and having me listen to it.” He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Ohio’s Denison University and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Following graduation, Hayes spent 270 nights a year on the road for almost four years with Canadian vocalist/fiddler April Verch. “When I auditioned for NewTown we just tore into it, and it was weird how comfortable it felt, like we’d been together forever,” he says. “I can’t imagine how good this band is going to be in five years.”