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The Grascals make an appearance on the syndicated show, INSIDE MUSIC ROW. The band chats with Kellie Lynn of IMR backstage at the Grand Ole Opry just before a recent Opry performance.

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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.

Keep track of The Grascals at www.grascals.com

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

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The Grascals on GAC

Multi-award winning bluegrass artists The Grascals appeared on GAC-TVs Headline Country! The band recently celebrated the release of their latest CD, Life Finds A Way (Mountain Home Music) with a “blue carpet” event at the SiriusXM Music City Theater in Nashville.

Watch the video from it above.

Check GACTV.com for more information on the show.

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Exclusive Interview: The Grascals Release Andy Griffith Show Tribute Album

Following their 104th appearance at the legendary venue, Yallwire host Stephanie Langston got the chance to chat with The Grascals backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Summertime funshine & the June buzz!

Hey everybody – welcome to summertime! It’s Kristin again, for another installment of the latest and greatest updates from Grascals-land.

First, we wanted to wish Andy Griffith a happy birthday! You may have seen our video tweet Tuesday – but if not, you can watch the video we recorded here:

May ended up being quite the busy month for us! We travelled to East TN and up to the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, got rained out of Louisville, and had another opportunity to play our favorite stage – The Grand Ole
Opry (104th appearance!!)

The end of May marked our yearly return to Branson, MO for Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival, and even with the sub-prime weather, the turnout was great! I was especially thankful that my husband and the rest of IIIrd Tyme Out stayed safe, since they were in Branson, during the deadly storms in nearby Joplin. Our prayers are with those folks.

Next, it was back east to Big Stone Gap, VA, where we were joined by Danny’s daughter, Jaelee, and Jamie’s wife, Susanne Mumpower-Johnson (aka Iodine). Both sang a song and the audience was quite receptive. Jaelee is 10 years old and each time I hear her sing or play, she’s like a different musician! Kids are amazing. And Susanne’s new record is getting magnificent reviews from the likes of Music Row’s Robert K Oermann! We are very proud of our extended Grascals families. Smitty’s clan went to Branson with us…Granddaughter
Allyson may be the most agreeable baby ever.

We ended the month celebrating Memorial Day with Sirius XM – Smitty and El stopped in for a chat with Kyle Cantrell. Sorry for the company, Kyle.

Finally, we continued to remember our servicemen and women with the fine folks in Indianola, Iowa (just south of Des Moines). We played a warm set on the courthouse lawn and recorded the video greeting (above) to Andy Griffith! Did you know it’s the 50th Anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show this year?

We’ve got some of our own birthdays coming up this month! Smitty and Jamie share the same (June 15th) and we’ll celebrate with all of you coming to see us in Bean Blossom, Indiana… then we’re off to Nova Scotia for a few days. We have tons of shows in Canada this year and look forward to meeting new friends.
The Grascals want to send a special shout-out to Dr. Tom Bibey, the popular bluegrass blogger and author of The Mandolin Case. He is battling a serious illness, but like his family, we are full of hope, in Christ, for a full recovery!

Don’t forget Father’s Day June 19th – we certainly have plans to take care of all our dads. For mine, Fred Scott – thanks for buying me banjos, banjo lessons, taking me to festivals, being my biggest fan, and mainly, for being such a fine Papa to Hogan.

- Kristin Scott Benson

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