Not every dude with a stool and a guitar would bother to print up a "Music Menu" to hand out at his shows. This 24-page book contains all the song titles that he has under his belt and in his cranium for the crowd to request. Besides listing his own material, the book features an eclectic collection of titles ranging from the expected (Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor) to the unusual (Tom Waits, Joe Jackson, Lyle Lovett) right up to the weird (Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, Kermit T. Frog).
After a recent show at the Coffee Plantation, I asked whether it bothers him after all these years to perform covers while he has such a large body of his own work.
"Not at all," Grossman says. "I hope to be entertaining enough that I can earn the trust of the people listening. When I feel that is achieved, then I can spring songs I wrote or songs by other obscure artists that fit the situation."
A lot of Grossman's fans and friends will be at the party Wednesday. On the bill are local bands Honey Child and One Foot in the Grave, as well as herniated Scotsman Barry Graham. Emcee duties will be in the large hands of Sonoran Grill guru Mad Coyote Joe.
David Grossman's release party is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Alice Cooper'stown, 101 East Jackson. For details call 602-253-7337.