Having just released his debut album, “Let the Big Dog Eat”, Pace sought a band to lead and stake to claim.
After 2 months in Austin, Pace met two young musicians named Jake Causey and Patrick Sanderson. With Causey on drums and Sanderson on bass, the three got down to work immediately and formed the band which would later be called: Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit.
In the summer of 2012, Pace and the Grit released their debut album, “The Feelin'”. Shortly after they embarked on a national tour that took them all over the eastern and middle parts of the United States.
“We play Rock n’ Roll smooth and dirty, Soul music mean, and we’re not afraid to get a little weird,” says Pace.
After Causey left the band, Seth Fasske took over as drummer and the Grit began their relentless performance schedule.
By December of 2013, the Grit were at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, working with the highly experienced Chris Kress as their producer for hire. There they cut their third and most ambitious album to date: “Rapture”.
“Rapture” was released in July 2014 to rave reviews. The band continued there ambitious touring, covering most pockets of the United States.
In March 2015, Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit made their first splash at the Austin Music Awards. They received three Top-10 finishes including: Best Song (8th) for “Ice Cream Samurai”, Best Live Band (10th) in Blues/Soul/Funk, and Best Album Art (2nd) for RAPTURE.
In 2016 they finished in the Top-10 in FIVE different categories at the Austin Music Awards including Musician of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Band, Best Male Vocals and Best Guitar.