THE GRASCALS, ‘MY VIRGINIA MAMA’
Bluegrass sextet the Grascals are premiering the new song "My Virginia Mama," from their much-anticipated forthcoming album, exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to listen.
The twangy lead track from the Grascals' next album, Straighten the Curves, "My Virginia Mama" is a song about getting back home when thousands of miles separate you from the one you love. The song's protagonist is stuck in New York City, while his "Virginia mama" is far away in Old Dominion.
"There ain't no use denyin' that my heart is far away from New York City / Now boys, I'm headin' home, where I left someone a-cryin'," the band croons in perfect harmony in the song's first verse. "And I gotta say, there's none so doggone pretty as my Virginia mama / Lordy, every day I'm thinkin' of her / My Virginia mama, Lordy, how I love her."
"My Virginia Mama" was written by celebrated bluegrass songwriter and artist Becky Buller. The Grascals together produced the song, as well as the entirety of their new album.
The Grammy-nominated Grascals are guitarists and vocalists John Bryan and Chris Davis, bassist and vocalist Terry Smith, banjo virtuoso Kristin Scott Benson, award-winning mandolin player Danny Roberts and master fiddler Adam Haynes. Founded in 2004, the band has released 10 full-length albums, performed for multiple presidents and won countless awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, among other organizations.
Straighten the Curves pairs gospel classics such as "The Shepherd of My Valley" and "What Does God Look Like" with, among others, a cover of Eddie Rabbitt's iconic "Drivin' My Life Away." it's set for release on Friday (Aug. 30), and fans can learn more at Grascals.com.
Listen to the Grascals' "My Virginia Mama"