The Town Troubadour plays Nashville!


Hipster spectacles? Check. Twelve-string acoustic? Check. Portable microphone amp, a deliriously cool repertoire and a solid chunk of Stars Hollow cool? Check, check and most certainly check. Ladies and gentlemen, the Stars Hollow Troubadour, Grant-Lee Phillips.

who you gonna call?

From his first appearance in season 1, leaning on a lamp post as a bus brings Rory to Dean, to his final wandering around the haybale maze in season 7, Phillips’ recurring role as ‘Grant’ saw him accompanying a number of poinient moments as a wandering musician. He added a gloopy amber warmth and comedy to the flavour of Stars Hollow – anywhere else in the world he’d be a busker but in Stars Hollow he’s The Troubadour.  With his trademark brown box amp and headgear, he resembled a one-man band crossed with a Ghostbuster – a Ghostbusker if you will.

Ahead of his show tomorrow (Weds November 5 2014) at the City Winery in Nashville, the Nashville Scene featured an interview this week, with Phillips giving some choice glimpses into his time on Gilmore Girls.

It always felt like some great coup was being pulled: How on earth could this wholesome family drama find its way to welcome the likes of me? Sonic Youth? Sebastian Bach? You know, it’s just a crazy thing.

It’s hard to imagine a Stars Hollow without him.

They had me lean against a lamppost and play a song and maybe next episode they had me lean up against a tree.  We exhausted all of the things I could lean up against.

My favourite Troubadour moments include the five seconds of Heavenly he plays as Dean and Rory cross a street; and Lorelai barging into him mid-song (a cover of Cat Stevens’ Peace Train), the girls laden with preposterously tall rucksacks.

Rory: Coming through! Heavy bags.
Lorelai: Out of our way Peace Boy! No offense, love the song.

My outright favourite moment is just watching him sing and groove – his hair grown out like Ben Folds – to the wonderful Lily-A-Passion from his 2004 Virginia Creeper album.

If you’re in Nashville, why not go say hi? I’m sure he won’t mind if you start whistling along.

everybody needs a little sanctuary *whistle*

And check out the full Nashville Scene interview here.

Favourite Troubadour songs or covers? Troubadour highlights?  Have you been following Grant-Lee Phillips?  He’s got a new album coming out next year y’know.

Pics c/o TheWB



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

5 thoughts on “The Town Troubadour plays Nashville!

  • November 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I saw the post, saw the Girls going away in the first picture, and felt nostalgia… Then, what happened? Put a Gilmore Girls DVD on my computer… There is so much in each episode! Enjoy :)

  • November 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I have a musician friend who posted a picture on Facebook a few months back of him with the harmonica headgear, playing the guitar on a sidewalk with a newsie cap on and I said “You look like the Town Troubadour from Gilmore girls”. He said he had to look it up, but alas! Grant Lee Phillips is one of the reasons he started playing music and his favorite musician! He also said he has met him several times and has always been so nice. I told him the next time he meets him he has to ask Grant about Gilmore girls.


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