2018 : Greta Van Fleet Lands 4 Grammy Nominations

December 7, 2021 all-day

On December 7, 2018, the Frankenmuth-bred band Greta Van Fleet was notified they had landed four Grammy nominations, topped by a nod for best new artist.

The band members are vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka,  bassist Sam Kiszka, and drummer Danny Wagner.

Greta Van Fleet

The band will attend the February 10, 2019 festivities at the L.A.’s Staples Center, where the group will also vie for best Rock Performance (Highway Tune), Rock Album (From the Fires), and Rock Song (Black Smoke Rising).

The band recorded its debut album in Royal Oak and Nashville, and has been touring tirelessly for the last year.

On January 17, 2016, the song “Highway Tune” was featured as a live performance by the band on the Showtime show Shameless.

Another one of their songs, “Safari Song,” is featured  in the new blockbuster movie “Aquaman”.

The group performed at Elton John‘s Academy Award Party on March 4, 2018 at the host’s personal request. John joined Greta Van Fleet onstage for his “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and their “You’re the One”. After the set Elton John recommended the band get more dramatic and flamboyant with their performance and wardrobe.

On July 26, 2018, the band made their TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing “When the Curtain Falls“, the first single off of their upcoming debut album.

Their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, was released on 19 October 2018. According to Josh Kiszka, the name of the album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” was taken from the title of a poem. The album was the top selling album in its debut week in the US, selling 80,000 copies. Factoring in album equivalent units, it debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

Update : Young Michigan band Greta Van Fleet grabbed the Grammy Award for best rock album February 10, 2019, scoring the win for the EP “From the Fires.”

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Sources :

Gary Graf, “Greta Van Fleet raises the bar, again, at the Fox Theatre“, Oakland Press, December 28, 2018.

Edward Pevos, “Greta Van Fleet in Detroit: How the Frankenmuth four sounded, setlist, swag“, MLive, December 28, 2018.

Brian McCollum, “Greta Van Fleet calls noms ‘surreal'”, Detroit Free Press, December 28, 2018.

Brian McCollum, “‘Gretna, Are You Playing a Concert?’, Meet 88-Year Old who inspired Greta Van Fleet’s name”, Lansing State Journal, December 29, 2018.

Brian Hiatt, “Greta Van Fleet’s Misty Mountain Revival : How four Michigan kids are reclaiming the sounds of the Seventies“, Rolling Stone, January 9, 2018.

Brian McCollum, “Greta Van Fleet wins Grammy for best rock album“, Detroit Free Press, February 10, 2019.

Greta Van Fleet Website

Greta Van Fleet wikipedia entry