Whit Grumhaus is a singer-songwriter living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a founding member of the duo “Coffee” along with fellow guitarist Carl Mabry. Whit’s musical interests began with his two older sisters who filled the second floor of their childhood home with wonderful noise; one sister spinning her records by the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Grateful Dead, while down the hall from another room came the sounds of the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, and James Taylor. It was a solid base from which to launch. Whit started his musical journey as a drummer in the school orchestra, but quickly moved to the guitar where he’s still frantically trying to achieve his requisite 10,000 hours behind the wheel.
Whit’s second album “The Hungry & The Hunted” will be released in January of 2017. It features twelve new original songs. It was produced by Chris Stamey and recorded in December 2015 at Deep River Sound Studio in Sanford NC. The recording studio was built in 2014 for John Davenport. Whit, who’s day job is as a licensed architect, was the building’s project architect. The studio was conceived 15 years ago by Wes Lachot and was finally brought to life. Whit has worked for the Wes Lachot Design Group since 2012 and their studios have been built across the globe including current projects in Dubai, Iceland, New Zealand, Mongolia, as well all over the US. Having drawn every single brick on the triangular building that is Deep River, Whit very much wanted to record his album there, and the amazing studio made all the difference.
Whit’s debut album “Been Here Before” is a collection of original songs he’d been toting around for years before meeting Chris Stamey and finally recording them at Chris’ fantastic Modern Recording studio in Chapel Hill in May of 2011. Thanks to a host of excellent local Triangle musicians who added their instruments and voices to flesh out the project, the album was finished in December–not a day too soon. Whit’s earliest song “Icarus” was written in high school and performed at the school talent show. The song “The Other Side of Rainbows” was written on his bed in his dorm room his freshman year at college.