Photos courtesy of Robert Zyromski
Photos courtesy of Robert Zyromski
Nashville, TN – This week, the legendary Charlie Daniels hosted the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event; a special free concert to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. Daniels was joined by a chart-topping lineup of entertainment industry friends including Jason Aldean, Lee Greenwood, Chris Young and the multi-award winning Bluegrass band, The Grascals, making their fourth consecutive appearance at the annual event.
“We’re always ready to step up and support our active military and veterans,” explained Jamie Johnson of The Grascals. “We’re so proud to call Charlie Daniels a friend and to join him in support of the people who serve far away so that we can all pursue our lives in security here at home.”
Daniels, an avid supporter of the military, expressed pleasure with the evening and the community support.
“We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar,” said Daniels. “This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn’t.”
Terry Eldredge is even more effusive, saying of his friend, “I believe Charlie Daniels is Santa Claus, I really do. He is always giving.”
Also appearing, military veteran and country music artist, Keni Thomas, and the Christian Rock band, Bleach, whose members lost a brother in Iraq. The event included a presentation by Mary Byers, President of Gold Star Mothers, Inc., an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters who were in military service.
Pictured (L-R) Jamie Johnson, Jeremy Abshire, Danny Roberts, Charlie Daniels, Terry Eldredge and Aaron McDaris (of Rhonda Vincent’s The Rage, filling in for Kristin Scott Benson.) PHOTO BY GORDY COLLINS
The Grascals made an appearance on Marie 2.27.13. Hosted by Marie Osmond, the show airs on The Hallmark Channel. The Grascals performed “PRETTY MELODY” from their Grammy-nominated album LIFE FINDS A WAY, as well as the instrumental “BLUE ROCK SLIDE.” Marie, who knows a thing or two about being the only girl in the company of guys, asked Kristin Scott Benson what it’s like to be the only girl on the road with The Grascals. Showing her quick wit, Kristin quipped, “It’s like being in sixth grade your whole life,” earning a high five from Marie, sister to the 8 Osmond brothers.
Here’s a video.
The Marie Osmond Show on Hallmark Channel
Air Date: Wednesday, 2/27/13 – noon
The Grascals are honored to have received a nomination for LIFE FINDS A WAY as Best Bluegrass Album in the 55th annual Grammy® Awards.
“We tip our hat to ALL of the nominees, and frankly, to everyone whose work of love is a life spent writing songs, signing, picking and playing,” says Jamie Johnson. “It really is an amazing honor to just be included in the Grammy® process and we hope to make it back again real soon!”
It’s a triple-header for The Grascals, who were honored again as SPBGMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year. The band received the award in the 2012 and 2011 SPBGMA awards as well, making this the 3rd in a row. “We’re so grateful to SPBGMA and the fans for embracing The Grascals and being so appreciative of what we do,” Jamie says. “We just love the music and we’d play and sing even if no one was listening. It’s all the sweeter to know that we can share the music with others.”
The Nashville office of The Recording Academy held its annual celebration for Grammy nominees. Honorees were invited to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel for a red carpet reception and cocktail hour. It was an ideal opportunity to chat with friends in the media and catch up with other honorees. The Grammy Awards air on CBS on Sunday, February 10th.
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.
Here’s a photo gallery from the Inaugural Ball performance!
Nashville, TN — Bluegrass power-pickers, The Grascals are headed to NBC’s Burbank Studios for their Tonight Show debut on Friday, January 25th. The band will perform “Mystery Train” from their Grammy-nominated album LIFE FINDS A WAY.
It’s a coast-to-coast week for The Grascals who performed in Washington D.C. on Monday as part of the Inaugural events. The band played at the Native Nations Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Founding member, Jamie Johnson, is a member of the Chippewa tribe.
Join host Jay Leno with The Grascals as musical guest this Friday, 1/25/13. The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. Eastern / 10:35 p.m. Central.
Keep up with the band at www.grascals.com
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