Current CD- The Grascals & Friends â€“ Has Spent Seven
Weeks At # 1 on Billboardâ€™s Bluegrass Album Chart
New CD Available In Stores on June 7
“One of my favorite new bands in any genre of musicâ€ť-Dierks Bentley
â€śThe Grascals are one of the best bluegrass bands I have ever heard.” – Dolly Parton
Nashville, TN (May 4, 2011) â€“ The multiple award-winning, Grammy- nominated group, The Grascals (www.grascals.com), will bring their special blend of Bluegrass to Gathering In The Gap Music Festival held on the Warren County Courthouse Lawn, 115 N Howard Street, Indianola, Iowa on Tuesday, May 31. Heralded as a group of genre-bending geniuses with a lightening-hot stage show and raise-the-rafters vocals, the band will perform two sets starting at 6:45 p.m. Special guests Mr. Baber’s Neighbors willÂ perform at 6:00 p.m.) For more information http://www.bluegrasstuesdays.com/ or call Jim Johnson at 515-975-0409.
The Grascals are in demand: They joined Hank Williams, Jr. for numerous shows on his Rowdy Friends Tour throughout 2010, and headlined over 150 shows at State Fairs and on the Bluegrass festival circuit as well. The Grascals continue to enjoy extensive media exposure on a variety of outlets, including NPRâ€™s Mountain Stage, RFD-TV, CMT, GAC, The Grand Ole Opry, Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, FOX & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Country Network (TCN) and both CBSâ€™s Early Show and The Talk.
Already among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on todayâ€™s bluegrass scene, The Grascals continue to receive awards for their work.Â The group brought home three SPBGMA awards in 2011: Instrumental Group of the Year; Mandolin Performer of the Year (Danny Roberts) and Banjo Performer of the Year (Kristin Scott Benson).Â In 2010, they were named SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year. The Grascals have also received the International Bluegrass Music Associationâ€™s Emerging Artist of the Year award (2005) and Entertainer of the Year award (2006, 2007).Â Kristin Scott Benson is the three-time winner of the IBMAâ€™s Banjo Player of the Year Award (2008, 2009 & 2010).
The Grascals are currently touring in support of their #1 Billboard Bluegrass Album (holding position for seven weeks; CD also peaked at # 23 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart), THE GRASCALS & FRIENDS, released January 10, 2011 on their newly-formed label, BluGrascal Records.Â The 13-track disc features The Grascals in true duet format with close friends, including: Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Charlie Daniels, Tom T. Hall, The Oak Ridge Boys and Darryl Worley. THE GRASCALS & FRIENDS - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin is a special project produced in conjunction with (and sold exclusively in) Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreÂ® and online at www.crackerbarrel.com . The disc’s first single, “I Am Strong,” features the heavenly voice of country icon Dolly Parton; the video, filmed at St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalÂ®, includes footage of actual cancer patients interacting with the group. “It was very moving,” says The Grascals’ Jamie Johnson of the video project.Â Cracker Barrel is donating a portion of the CD proceeds from to St. Jude.
The Grascalsâ€™ newest CD -DANCE TIL YOUR STOCKINGS ARE HOT AND RAVELIN (A Tribute To The Music Of The Andy Griffith Show) was released digitally on March 29. The seven-song EP, which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic TV series, will be available on CD on June 7. Fans can also purchase at the bandâ€™s show.
Vocally, Terry Eldredge (guitar), Jamie Johnson (guitar) and Terry Smith (upright bass) are tighter than ever; their driving solo vocals and soaring trios brimming with equal fire and passion. As an instrumental unit, The Grascals are sharper than ever, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. The Grascals’ signature sound reflects their deep knowledge of and admiration for the work of the musicâ€™s founding fathers, and they remain relevant to the here and now, while retaining the traditional values of soul and musicianship.