Band Chases Demons, Finds Salvation With New Music September 1
Nashville, TN (July 7, 2017) – The Grascals’ newest album, BEFORE BREAKFAST, offers fans a hot shot of diversity with a freshly brewed mix of Bluegrass perfection. The 12-song collection will be available September 1. Fans who pre-order HERE now will receive “Sleepin’ With The Reaper” as a “grat track.”
BEFORE BREAKFAST finds the award-winning group at a career high point vocally and musically, and the record’s energy is palpable. A more relaxed pre-production approach led to “easy” song choices. The band chases demons, finds salvation and dances their way through what will surely become essential listening for lovers of the Bluegrass art form.
This is the second album for this configuration of The Grascals. The current group features founders Terry Eldredge (lead vocals, guitar), Terry Smith (lead vocals, bass) and Danny Roberts (mandolin), plus longtime banjo ace Kristin Scott Benson, fiddler Adam Haynes and John Bryan (lead vocals/guitar). As Smith notes, the group continues to evolve organically. “We’re even breathing together vocally,” he explains. “The Osborne Brothers always said that when you get to that point, it was right – and they were on to something.” This cohesiveness allows the band to navigate the diverse material, which ranges from traditional to contemporary Bluegrass, and includes Inspirational tunes as well.
The album kicks off with “Sleepin’ With The Reaper,” which Benson calls “a departure for the group but a good fit nonetheless.” John Bryan’s haunting vocal brings a sense of menace and urgency to the song, which sets the stage for the next dynamic track. Vocalist Terry Eldredge believes the best songs are about life and truth, and that lyrically, there is nothing but the truth in “Demons.” El’s vocal versatility is obvious on “Clear Corn Liquor,” a steamin’ hot, fiddle-filled ode that he delivers with sass. “Delia features John on a band first,” says Danny Roberts. “His clawhammer banjo is unique for us and gives a great old-timey sound to the song.” Terry Smith is in fine form on the melancholy, universally-themed ballad “Lonesome,” which he co-wrote with his brother Billy. John brings glorious gratitude to the Gospel jewel, “I’ve Been Redeemed.”
Sleepin’ With The Reaper (B. Buller/G. Williams)
Demons (B. Anderson/J. Randall)
Delia (J. Weisberger/C. Chamberlain/C. Humphrey III)
I’ve Been Redeemed (M. Dylan/R. Edwards)
Lonesome (B. Smith/T. Smith)
Beer Tree (H. Allen/R. E. Orrall)
Pathway Of Teardrops (W. P. Walker/W. Pierce/J. Hazlewood)
Lynchburg Chicken Run (D. Roberts/A. Haynes)
He Took Your Place (L. Flatt/E. Scruggs)
Lost And Lonesome (P. Overstreet/ B. Smith)
There Is You (K. Harrigill)
Clear Corn Liquor (T. Stafford/B.Starnes)
About The Grascals
Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, while acknowledging the traditional values that birthed the genre. Their cutting-edge modern Bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. It’s a unique sound that has earned the group three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude other acts entrenched in niche genres. High-profile appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. The bastions of Country and Bluegrass continue to welcome them, as evidenced by 150-plus performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Additional honors include President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian and two performances for President George W. Bush.
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John Bryan, a young vocalist/guitarist from North Carolina, has joined The Grascals. Bryan has deep family ties to the music; his grandfather, Willard Watson, was a first cousin to Doc Watson, and an excellent old-time musician and dancer himself.
Kristin Benson says, “We are so happy to welcome John into the band! With his youth, enthusiasm, and great talent he’s sure to be a blessing to all of us in the band as well as the audience.”
Terry Eldridge added, “I’m looking forward to working with this young man. I know he is loaded with a lot of talent and I am excited about the future! Welcome aboard, John…you are now a Grascal!”
The Grascals will get into the studio soon to work on new music with Bryan.
We would like to say how humbled and honored we are to be included among the nominees for this year’s IBMA Awards – we appreciate your support more than you know! Thank you very much to the IBMA voting membership for nominating us in the following categories:
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year “Five Miles to Milan”
written by Danny Roberts
(When I Get My Pay – Mountain Home Records)
Recorded Event of the Year
“American Pickers” with Dierks Bentley
written by Jamie Johnson, Susanne Mumpower Johnson, and Jeffrey East
(When I Get My Pay – Mountain Home Records)
Also, our own Jamie Johnson (with Susanne Mumpower Johnson and Jenee Fleenor) penned “Love Does” that is nominated for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year recorded by our label mates, Darin and Brooke Aldridge (Flying – Organic Records).
Congratulations to all of the nominees…our friends!
The Grascals are picking, and Jamie and Terry E. are singing harmonies.
Thanks to our friends at Inside Music Row for visiting with us at our “When I Get My Pay” CD release party held at Antique Archaeology in Nashville. Terry, Terry, and Jamie were running a little late from a TV shoot so this interview has Danny and Kristin doing the talking and Adam doing the smiling! We appreciate the feature, Inside Music Row!
Here it is, friends! It’s the companion video for our song “American Pickers” which appears on WHEN I GET MY PAY (comin’ out 11/19). Yep, those are our pals Mike Wolfe from the History Channel TV show AMERICAN PICKERS and superstar/all-around-good-guy Dierks Bentley making guest appearances. We love those guys! Whatcha think???
The Grascals are very pleased to announce the addition of fiddler Adam Haynes to the band. Adam has an impressive pedigree having played with some of the finest: Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, The James King Band, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Dailey & Vincent, Larry Stephenson Band, and most recently Grasstowne. Adam is originally from Norwalk, OH but spent quite some time in Eastern Kentucky where his family has roots as deep as bluegrass. Adam currently makes his home in Portland, TN with his wife, Janette, and two daughters, Bella (8) and Ellie (3).
The Grascals are happy to have Adam in the band and look forward to their fans and friends being able to hear him play.