The Grascals sing “Up This Hill and Down”
The Grascals are a Grammy award-winning, cutting-edge, modern bluegrass band that has captured the attention of the mainstream media regularly throughout the history of the band. Their music is immersed in the traditional values of soul and musicianship while remaining relevant to modern listeners and fans. Members currently include Danny Roberts (mandolin), John Bryan (guitar and vocals), Terry Smith (upright bass and vocals), Adam Haynes (fiddle), Kristin Scott Benson (banjo) and Chris Davis (guitar and vocals).
The original concept of the Grascals occurred when the four core members, Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson, Jimmy Mattingly, and Dave Talbot, asked Terry Smith and Danny Roberts came together to form a band to support their families with a little extra cash. One of their first shows was at the famous Station Inn (Nashville, TN) in February 2004 and featured special guest Bobby Osborne.
The Grascals released their self-titled debut album in 2004 under contract with Rounder Records. The project featured Dolly Parton as a guest performer who had expressed special interest in performing with the group. Soon thereafter, The Grascals became the opening act for Dolly Parton as well as her bluegrass band. This opened the door for performance opportunities at Dollywood and The Grand Ole Opry. This album made it on to the Billboard charts, as well as many country and bluegrass charts. In addition to the album’s success, Dolly is quoted saying, “One of the greatest albums I’ve ever heard.”
The Grascals have been nominated for three Grammy awards as well as two “Entertainer of the Year” awards by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Despite being known for their niche genre association, The Grascals have managed to capture national media attention since their debut in 2004 with appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Fox & Friends, and CBS’ The Talk. The band has performed over 200 times on the Grand Ole Opry and their honors also include performing for President George W. Bush twice, and for President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.
Some of their most popular songs include “Sleepin’ with The Reaper,” “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” and “Life Finds A Way.” You can learn more about the Grascals by heading over to their website, https://grascals.com/about.