The Grascals Featured In GACTV.com’s 12 Days of Country Cookies (& Treats)

The Grascals head in to the holiday season full of good cheer and, well, pie. “We’re just full of it,” laughs the group co-founder Jamie Johnson. “El’s wife, Catherine Lundy-Eldredge, makes a mean Upside Down Apple Pie, and we’ve been doing some serious taste-testing!” The dish is so delightful that GACTV.com is including the recipe in their 12 Days of Country Cookies (& Treats) feature, and fans can grab the recipe for this down-home dessert here.

Grascalites who want to see more of their favorite band can catch The Grascals’ November 7 performance here on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. The audience loved the group’s version of “Louisiana Saturday Night,” and it’s the perfect Christmas Eve entertainment for Bluegrass lovers since December 24 falls on a Saturday this year.

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THE GRASCALS JOINS LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY FOR THE ‘OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON’ EVENT ON MARCH 29, 2011

Tickets available for purchase at all Middle Tennessee Daily’s Stores and Lipscomb University’s Box Office

On March 29th, Lipscomb University will welcome General Tommy Franks (Ret.), Charlie Daniels, Wynonna, Montgomery Gentry and The Grascals to Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena for ‘Operation Yellow Ribbon’, an annual event created to raise awareness and funds for Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Program. The event, “An Inspiring Evening of Stories and Songs,” will feature General Tommy Franks (Ret.) as the keynote speaker and hosting the evening will be popular television and radio personality, Storme Warren.

Tickets for the ‘Operation Yellow Ribbon’ Event are now on sale for $10 and are available for purchase at all Middle Tennessee Daily’s stores, and at the Lipscomb University box office(615.966.7075). Members of the military and their families will be invited as guests of the events’ corporate sponsors. All proceeds from the event benefit Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Program, which offers eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans and their family members an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate.

The ‘Operation Yellow Ribbon’ Event is sponsored by Daily’s, iostudio, Military System Group, ADS, Spirit Broadband, Tennessee Commerce Bank, and Tennessee National Guard.

Event produced by David Corlew & Associates in conjunction with Lipscomb University.

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I Am Strong concept video

Concept music video Directed By Marcel Chagnon, who also directed Clay Walker’s You Won’t Be Lonely Long. Worldwide premiere / debuted Monday July 19th 2010 on AOL Music / The Boot.

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The Grascals Bring 2 Hot-Selling CDs July 9 For Performace in Dallas, GA

The multiple award-winning, Grammy- nominated group The Grascals will bring their special blend of Bluegrass to The Raccoon Creek Music Park ( 332 Music Park Path, Dallas, GA 30132) on Saturday, July 9. Heralded as a group of genre-bending geniuses with a lightening-hot stage show and raise-the-rafters vocals, The Grascals perform two shows at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. For ticket information click on http://www.raccooncreekmusicpark.com or call 770-943-2721.

The Grascals are in demand: They 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.

Already among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, The Grascals continue to receive awards for their work. The group 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 the three-time winner of the IBMA’s Banjo Player of the Year Award (2008, 2009 & 2010).

The Grascals are currently touring in support of their #1 Billboard Bluegrass Album (holding position for seven weeks; CD also peaked at # 23 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart), THE GRASCALS & FRIENDS, released January 10, 2011 on their newly-formed label, BluGrascal Records. The 13-track disc features The Grascals in true duet format with close friends, including: Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, Charlie Daniels, Tom T. Hall, The Oak Ridge Boys and Darryl Worley. THE GRASCALS & FRIENDS – Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin is a special project produced in conjunction with (and sold exclusively in) Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and online at www.crackerbarrel.com . The disc’s first single, “I Am Strong,” features the heavenly voice of country icon Dolly Parton; the video, filmed at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, includes footage of actual cancer patients interacting with the group. “It was very moving,” says The Grascals’ Jamie Johnson of the video project. Cracker Barrel is donating a portion of the CD proceeds from to St. Jude.

The Grascals’ newest CD -DANCE TIL YOUR STOCKINGS ARE HOT AND RAVELIN (A Tribute To The Music Of The Andy Griffith Show) was released digitally on March 29 via BluGrascal /Saguaro Road Records in partnership with Time Life and in stores on June 7. The seven-song EP, which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic TV series. The CD debuted this week at # 5 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart.

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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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Grascals show Mayberry some love

While salutes to the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show continue to roll out, the Grascals are paying tribute with a bluegrass spin on a new CD.

Released this month on Saguaro Road Records/Time Life, Dance ‘Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’ revisits songs that were featured on the sitcom with down-home characters and values.

The endearing show, which aired from Oct. 3, 1960, through April 1, 1968, continues in syndication across the country.

“Our band feels there was no better sitcom ever,” said Terry Smith, vocalist and bass player for the Grammy-nominated group. “Any time we can be affiliated with The Andy Griffith Show, we’ll sure jump at the chance.”

All fans of the show, band members even quote dialogue back and forth on the tour bus.

One of the many pearls of wisdom comes from Andy Taylor (Griffith, who turned 85 on June 1): “When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he’s getting might really be fear. So I don’t carry a gun because I don’t want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I’d rather they respect me.”

The title of the seven-song EP comes from the line that Briscoe Darling (Denver Pyle), patriarch of a musically inclined hillbilly family, said before launching into a tune.

The Darlings played some of the album’s songs on the show, including the gospel classic Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, in the “Mountain Wedding” episode. That was when Barney Fife (Don Knotts) dresses up like Darling’s daughter Charlene to prevent her from getting married to neighbor Ernest T. Bass.

With tunes such as Dooley, Boil Them Cabbage Down and Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer), the album also includes a new song, Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish The title comes from one of Fife’s famous lines in one of the most popular episodes, “Dogs, Dogs, Dogs,” in which Opie (Ron Howard) almost persuades his father to let him keep a stray when a pack of dogs invades the courthouse.

Other tributes to the show’s 50th anniversary include a DVD boxed set, The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: Best of Mayberry, and assorted collectibles.

The Grascals formed in 2004 when its members, six bluegrass musicians who had been performing about two decades, all found themselves between gigs.

The other members of the band are Terry Eldredge, vocals and guitar; Jamie Johnson, vocals; Danny Roberts, vocals and mandolin; Jeremy Abshire, fiddle; and Kristin Scott Benson, banjo.

“The joke is we formed a band because we were all unemployed, and there is a little truth in that,” Smith said.

Dolly Parton learned they were recording an album and asked to hear what they had so far. About three weeks later, they were part of her band, and the Grascals were opening for her.

“That opened a lot of doors for us,” Smith said.

The Grascals went on to release five albums and win numerous accolades, including two awards as entertainer of the year from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.

In January, they released The Grascals & Friends in conjunction with Cracker Barrel. A collection of 13 classic country songs with a bluegrass twist such as White Lightning and Folsom Prison Blues, it features guest artists such as Parton, Brad Paisley, Joe Nichols, the Oak Ridge Boys and Tom T. Hall.

“We didn’t over-produce it. We let it breathe its own life, and it has a heart and soul,” Smith said. “We wanted it to be a true duet album instead of being a backup band for these artists.

“I think we pulled it off. It really is like the Grascals and friends, and the friends did a wonderful job.

As for The Andy Griffith Show, Smith not only likes the music but also the meaning.

“The show always had a message. It usually taught a good lesson on top of being entertaining,” he said. “It’s still relevant today because it’s real, from real life. And Andy did not allow one-liners on the show. He wanted the characters to be funny as opposed to the other way around.

“Like bluegrass and country music, the show is right from the heart.”

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TWO CLASSIC COMPANIES COLLABORATE ON FOUR NEW CDs

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and the Grand Ole Opry Release Four CDs with Recordings by More Than 50 Legendary and Contemporary Superstar Artists

LEBANON, Tenn. (June 20, 2011) — It was more than 50 years in the making and worth the wait for music fans who will be able to hear all kinds of country on the three-CD series Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection plus a contemporary Our Kind of Country CD released today by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and the Grand Ole Opry®. The Classic Collection includes live performances recorded on the celebrated stage of the Grand Ole Opry spanning six decades from the mid 1950s to the 2000s.
A long list of country stars’ memorable performances at the Opry is captured on the Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection CDs: Duets, Outlaws, and Classics. Our Kind of Country, meanwhile, features studio recordings of some of today’s superstar Opry members’ biggest hits of the past ten years. The CDs are sold separately for $11.99 and are available at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Grand Ole Opry retail locations as well as online at crackerbarrel.com and opry.com.

“The classic collection is truly ‘classic’ in every sense of the word,” said Julie Craig, marketing manager for Cracker Barrel. “It’s as close to an Opry experience as you can get without actually being in the Opry House. Listeners will enjoy high quality sound on every track, songs by historically renowned artists and enduring examples of some truly great performances. And Our Kind Of Country is an incredible showcase of the Opry’s current superstars and more recent additions—a dozen of the Opry’s best available on one CD for the first time.”

Artists on the Our Kind of Country CD are Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Diamond Rio, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, and Dierks Bentley. The 12 tracks are studio recordings. Every artist is a Grand Ole Opry member, from McEntire (member since 1985) to Shelton (member since 2010). The artists included have collectively won every major award presented by the Country Music Association, including Entertainer of the Year (Jackson, McEntire and Paisley).

Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection – Duets spotlights live versions of some of country music’s iconic duos (Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton) as well as artists for whom live versions of collaborative efforts are quite rare (Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris). The Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming” is the only live Opry recording of the brothers known to exist. Other artists on the Duets CD are Johnny Cash and June Carter; George Jones and Tammy Wynette; Jack Greene and Jeannie Seely; Bobby Lord and Patsy Cline; Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs; Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb; Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius; and Ronnie Dunn and Rebecca Lynn Howard.

Artists on the Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection – Outlaws CD are Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, and George Jones. Together, those featured have collected hundreds of Top 40 country hits and innumerable industry awards.

Artists on the Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection – Classics CD include Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Jack Greene, and Garth Brooks.

Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program. On May 16, 2011, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists. On May 2, Cracker Barrel released Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis. In March of this year, Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart. In January 2011, Cracker Barrel released The Grascals & Friends – Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD. September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which includes four #1 hits, and also the release of Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland, which offers up all the authentic sounds of holiday traditions. In July, the company released Craig Morgan’s That’s Why-Collector’s Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna’s Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions. One of its songs was nominated for a Grammy® award. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Dolly Parton, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 601 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 85 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program,America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels. For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.

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