The multiple award-winning, Grammy-nominated group, The Grascals will bring their blend of Bluegrass to The 21st Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival held on the Raccoon Mountain RV Park & Campground on Saturday, May 7.
The band will perform two sets at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets to the festival which runs May 5-7, can be purchased by calling 706.820-2228 or 432-6276, or online at www.boxcarforeverbluegrass.com
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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 and CBS’s Early Show.
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 and Friends, released Jan. 10, 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. The seven-song EP, which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic TV series, will be available on CD on June 7. Fans can purchase at the band’s show.
Vocally, Terry Eldredge (guitar), Jamie Johnson (guitar) and Terry Smith (upright bass) are tighter than ever; their driving solo vocals and soaring trios brimming with equal fire and passion. As an instrumental unit, The Grascals are sharper than ever, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. The Grascals' signature sound reflects their deep knowledge of and admiration for the work of the music’s founding fathers, and they remain relevant to the here and now, while retaining the traditional values of soul and musicianship.