Photos from the Inaugural Ball

Here’s a photo gallery from the Inaugural Ball performance!


Tune in Alert: January 25th with Jay Leno

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.

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The Grascals to Perform at Smithsonian

Nashville, TN — Multi-award-winning band, The Grascals, will perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian on January 21st at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of the Inauguration of the President of the United States.

The Native Nations Inaugural Ball will feature music, dancing and native cuisine. Funds raised will support the educational programs of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Located on the National Mall in Washington D.C., the museum is one of three facilities operated by The National Museum of the American Indian. It offers exhibition galleries and spaces for performances, lectures and symposia, research, and education.

Master of Ceremony for the event is Native American actor, Chaske Spencer, who has appeared in numerous films including The Twilight Saga, as werewolf Sam Uley. Other performers include the Murray Porter Band, Martha Redbone, Gabriel Ayala and Gerry Barrett.

Jamie Johnson, founding member of The Grascals, is a proud member of the Aamjiwnaang (Chippewa) First Nation of Sarnia, Ontario, where his cousin, Christopher Plain, serves as tribal chief.

“I am proud of my Native American ancestry and so honored for the Grascals to be a part of the Inaugural events,” Johnson says. “Native communities, past and present, are rich in cultural history and diversity. It is poignant for Native Nations to join together in celebrating the inauguration of our 44th President.”

The Grascals are nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for Life Finds A Way (Mountain Home Music). The Grammy Awards air on CBS February 10th.

For additional information about the National Museum of the American Indian Inaugural Ball, contact or 202-459-0868.

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Nominated for a Grammy!

We are very excited that Life Finds a Way has been nominated for a Grammy® for Best Bluegrass Album!

We would like to thank our fans and peers for supporting us and the new album. We feel blessed and honored!


American Songwriter: The Grascals are the Hottest Act in Bluegrass

From this month’s American Songwriter:

Formed in 2004, the Grascals have emerged as one of the top bands in modern bluegrass, garnering IBMA awards and Grammy nominations while sharing the stage with the major acts of bluegrass and country music. While the individual band members had long been working professionally on major bluegrass circuits, they never could have anticipated the success they would come to have when they teamed up. Even before their first album was completed they found themselves working with Dolly Parton, who had been recording bluegrass albums for several years.

Read the whole story here.


The Grascals on the Opry

Photos from our Opry performance last weekend!


9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award

We were very honored to pay tribute to Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen as they were honored at the 9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. It was an amazing night and a lot of fun.


“Road to Surrender” – The Grascals

The Grascals sing “Road to Surrender” at the 2012 Darin & Brooke Aldridge Bluegrass Festival


Grascals Album and Single Top Sirius/Xm Bluegrass Junction Chart

Bluegrass Junction (Sirius XM)

The Grascals’ latest album, Life Finds A Way, and Single, “Pretty Melody” were atop the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Chart this week having the highest number of play. Many thanks to the fans who listen and the station for playing.

To listen, tune into Bluegrass Junction (channel 61) on Sirius XM radio or visit


The Grascals Announce Vietti Foods Sponsorship

Award Winning Band Unveils Tour Bus and Celebrates Promotional Partnership

NASHVILLE, TN — Two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners, The Grascals, are pleased to announce a promotional agreement with Vietti Foods.

The band unveiled a brightly wrapped tour bus touting The Grascals and images of the sponsor’s products.

“The Grascals are thrilled and grateful to be a part of the Vietti Foods Company,” says Jamie Johnson of The Grascals. “We will work hard to represent both Vietti and bluegrass music across the country. We consider the good folks at Vietti our family.”

The highly acclaimed band is currently touring in support of the album Life Finds a Way (Mountain Home Music Company), a collection of familiar and new songs.

Philip M. Connelly, President Vietti Foods Company, Inc., acknowledges the value of his company’s relationship to the renowned bluegrass artists.

“We are excited to support The Grascals’ tour and their phenomenal talent with a custom motor coach that will showcase our brands around the U.S.,” Connelly says.

Johnson reminds fans to look for the colorful bus as the band rolls down the highway, “As we sing in our jingle ‘Get Ready for Vietti’.”

Among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on the bluegrass scene, The Grascals have been repeatedly honored for their work. Named Instrumental Group of the Year at the 39th Annual SPBGMA Awards earlier in 2012, the group previously brought home three SPBGMA awards in 2011: Instrumental Group of the Year; Mandolin Performer of the Year (Danny Roberts) and Banjo Performer of the Year (Kristin Scott Benson). In 2010, they were named SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year. The Grascals have also received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year award (2005) and Entertainer of the Year award (2006, 2007). Kristin Scott Benson is a multiple winner of the IBMA’s Banjo Player of the Year Award. The band has been twice nominated for Grammy Awards. The Grascals joined Hank Williams, Jr. for numerous shows on his Rowdy Friends Tour throughout 2010, and headlined over 150 shows at State Fairs and on the Bluegrass festival circuit as well. The Grascals continue to enjoy extensive media exposure on a variety of outlets, including NPR’s Mountain Stage, RFD-TV, CMT, GAC, The Grand Ole Opry, Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, FOX & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Country Network (TCN) and both CBS’s Early Show and The Talk.

Vietti Foods Company, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of shelf-stable food products under its own brands, contract brands, private label and licensed brands. The company produces and merchandises a broad variety of products to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drug and dollar stores for U.S. distribution and for export. Founded in 1898, Vietti originally incorporated as a Nashville-based company in 1936 and remained under family and management ownership until it became a part of Choice Food Group, Inc. in 2006. In March 2011 the Nashville operation was acquired by Zwanenberg Food Group BV, based in Almelo, The Netherlands. With 1,300 employees and net sales of EUR 350 million, Zwanenberg Food Group (ZFG) is a prominent European producer of deli meats and a leading producer and exporter of meat preserves.

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