Grascals Appear on Jay Leno

THE GRASCALS recently met one of their entertainment heroes when they appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hollywood icon Robert DeNiro was also a guest, along with Sherri Shepherd (of The View).

“As if it wasn’t a big enough thrill to perform on The Tonight Show, and believe me, it was a huge thrill,” Terry Eldredge says, “ then we found out that Robert DeNiro would be on the same show. Robert DeNiro, man; ‘The Deer Hunter,’ ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Taxi Driver.’ Now, that’s Hollywood!”

The two-time Academy Award winner, DeNiro, met with the band backstage and took time for a photo.

As musical guest, The Grascals closed the show with “Mystery Train” from their album Life Finds A Way (Mountain Home Music). The project is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album in the upcoming 55th annual Grammy Awards which will air on CBS February 10th.

“The Tonight Show experience was definitely a career highlight,” Danny Roberts says. “Everyone involved in that show is top-notch. Jay Leno is gracious and welcoming and that crew made us feel right at home. They all work hard and have a good time, which is the way we like to do it.”

The Grascals are nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year in the upcoming SPBGMA Awards to be held in Nashville. Soon after, they’ll make another appearance on The Grand Ole Opry as part of their busy 2013 schedule.

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Here are behind-the-scenes pictures of the performance.




19 comments on “Grascals Appear on Jay Leno”

  1. Wow, Great job! You all sounded fantastic, had to crank It up!

    Thanks for making great music. I really enjoyed it!

    Lindell Agee,

    Cookeville TN

  2. Good job! I see you guys dressed up for the evening. 😉

    Come back and pick in our Sumptuous Studio B any time you’re in the Boston Area.

    /Cousin Lynn, “Hillbilly at Harvard,” WHRB-FM, 95.3 FM, Cambridge, MA; Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM Eastern; streaming at

  3. It was so exciting to see you all on the show. And what a great job you did , as usual. Hope to see you in our area this summer. ( Tazewell,Va.)

  4. Congrats to the Grascals! I watched and was proud of how the Grascals “Nailed It for Bluegrass on National TV”. Looking forward to having you on Song of the Mountains in Marion, VA on April 6, 2013!!!

    Tim White

  5. I watch Leno almost every night that I am not playing somewhere. I missed your show that night.. I am going to look it up on the web. I am so proud of you guys, even old Terry.
    Fred Congdon
    Rich RTone

  6. You guys have a GREAT band and we seen this band at silver dollar city and a some other places too!
    Have a Great Year!
    Jesse McGaha
    28274 U.S. Hwy 177
    Macomb, OK 74852
    ph is 405-598-3540 with a recorder 24/7 there for messages

  7. We were at Rock a Hock in May of 2012 at the time Terry’s sister had a motorcycle accident, how is she doing? I sure hope all is well with her. Have checked my BU book and found nothing relating to the accident.

    Glad to know you all are doing so well. Will be looking for you around the Md. area for your shows, also No. Va amd


    Jean & Owen

  8. I hope DeNiro was as thrilled at meeting the Grascals as I was…
    Actors act, they pretend; the Grascals get up there and do it for real. And I’d bet ol’ Terry wasn’t lip-synching…and Kristen Scott Benson wasn’t just wiggling fingers…

    Joe Wills, Host,
    Burlington County Bluegrass
    Saturdays 10am-2pm
    WBZC (Z88-9, the PULSE of South Jersey) 88.9, 95.1, 100.7 FM

  9. I saw it and it was really good congrats to the agency and the band for great success and more to come. Grascals are a really fine band! Tad

  10. awesome job representing the bluegrass community on Jay Leno! Way to go!

    Kathy Sacra-Anderson

  11. I stayed up way past my bedtime to see them on Jay Leno!!!!!!!!! I also enjoyed them on Reno’s Bluegrass program on RFD. They’re the BEST. Myrene.

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