The Grascals (#1119)

An innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music.

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The Grascals perform their innovative blend of bluegrass and country music on this edition of Jubilee. The band, which includes two members who grew up on farms near Leitchfield, honors traditional bluegrass music even as it attempts to send it in new directions.

Winners of the 2006 Emerging Artist of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association, the Grascals collectively boast more than two decades of bluegrass experience. Together, they have provided recording and tour support for Dolly Parton. And three members of the band—Terry Smith, Terry Eldredge, and Jimmy Mattingly—are alumni of the well-known bluegrass band the Osborne Brothers. Mattingly also has performed on three Garth Brooks albums.

Their Jubilee set spotlights tunes from the Grascals’ own release Long List of Heartaches. The lineup consists of Eldredge and Jamie Johnson on lead vocals and guitar, Smith on bass and harmony vocals, David Talbot on banjo and harmony vocals, and Grayson County natives Mattingly on fiddle and Danny Roberts on mandolin.