Reviews of bluegrass music releases

THE GRASCALS, “Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’,” BluGrascal Records. Seven tracks.

Boy, fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” are having a bonanza year for musical memories of the television series which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Last fall, Rodney Dillard, who played one of the Darlin’ Boys on the show, released “I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry” on Rural Rhythm Records and now, The Grascals, one of the hottest groups in bluegrass, is releasing “Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin'” on their own BluGrascal label.

For fans of TAGS, the only complaint is that it’s only seven songs. Five of the songs are from the series – “Dooley,” “Boil Them Cabbage Down,” “Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer),” “Ol’ Joe Clark” and “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms. “One, “Mayberry’s Finest Theme,” is a bouncy tune that’s really a jingle for a line of muffin and baking mixes and the seventh is a new song, “Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish,” which is based on a line from one of the old shows.

The Grascals say they are “huge fans of the show. We’re borderline experts. We even have trivia contests with our audiences on the road. “Even if you’re not a fan of the television series, this is still good bluegrass.


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