Greta Van Fleet Reveal ‘Dirty’ Family Secret


Greta Van Fleet bassist Sam Kiszka revealed in a recent Song River interview that he has a relative who plays ‘dirty’ harmonica.

“Our Uncle Dave on our mom’s side is always playing guitar, plays easy-going music like The Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot. My dad plays harmonica, he’s the best harmonica player I’ve ever heard in my entire life, he plays ‘dirty.’”

Song River also asked, “Coming from a town just shy of 5,000 folks (according to the 2010 census) the best thing Frankenmuth is known for is chicken dinners and Christmas, as Bronners is the tourist trap! First, what was it like growing up in the middle of America in a state known formerly for Detroit autos and many other things?”

Sam Kiszka responded, “Frankenmuth was a great place to grow up in every way. There are so many places in Michigan that are rich with history, especially Frankenmuth. I think that Detroit is in an upward spiral, maybe the next Nashville in a couple of years. If you go north of Frankenmuth, there are so much untouched forests and land, our souls run wild up there, the depth of the forests, the log cabins. And the acts that have come out of Detroit and Motown – MC5, Stevie Wonder, Grand Funk, Bob Seger, so many.”

Ultimate-Guitar recently published an article wondering if Greta Van Fleet are the greatest band to come out in the last 15 years.

“While the Zeppelin resemblance is obvious and definitely didn’t hurt the band’s success so far, Greta Van Fleet brings us something far more important – a group of vastly talented, young musicians with tremendous energy making good music and seem to be enjoying it. Their music is fresh and yet “traditional”, wildly fun, and isn’t bothered by self-consciousness.

When listening to Greta Van Fleet, one isn’t just reminded of the heyday of hard rock, one finds himself discovering the joys of the genre anew alongside the band, and can’t help but being carried away by their energy. Greta Van Fleet are standing tall against the tides of claims that rock is a dying genre, and show us by example the simple cure to the genre’s malady: be more fun and less morose.”