The Grascals Add Bluegrass Twist to Classic “Happy Together” Tune

The Grascals Happy Together

The award-winning Grascals are well-known for their fun-loving approach to music-making as well as a tendency to record and perform out-of-the-box songs for their fans. To follow up the band’s highly successful Before Breakfast, they are releasing their new single, “Happy Together,” a classic song by The Turtles that’s so well-known as a happily-ever-after love anthem. Unison melodies played by the award-winning instrumentalists, Danny Roberts, Kristen Scott Benson and Adam Haynes bring a clever grassy new life to this rock track. Pulsing bass from Terry Smith and the harmonies and guitar of Terry Eldridge all backing the lead vocal of John Bryan make for a well-done cover that captures both the power of The Grascals and the joy of “Happy Together.” “The Grascals have done other tunes like this in the past from ‘Viva Las Vegas’ to‘Last Train to Clarksville’ and had good success so we figured we would try some more,” says Danny Roberts. “‘Happy Together’ has such a great message and an awesome melody that we felt like we had to do it, we hope everybody likes it like we do.” Listen to “Happy Together” HERE. About The Grascals Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian. As their records prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take for instance, fan favorite, “Last Train to Clarksville.” Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Continue reading

The Grascals Perform on Larry’s Country Diner

The Grascals Perform on RFD TV’s Larry’s Country Diner with Darryl Worley The popular award winning and Grammy-nominated Bluegrass group, The Grascals stopped in to play a few songs for RFD TV’s Larry’s Country Diner. The Grascals’ set included recent songs like their current single, “I Am Strong” as well as classics, and an exciting performance with special guest, platinum-selling country star, Daryl Worely on “White Lightning” featured on their latest album. “It’s always great fun. You never know what’s going to happen, and this time, Larry surprised us with classic TV footage of The Osborne Brothers’ performance of ‘Up This Hill’ on the set’s jukebox – and then we performed it ourselves …Very cool.” -Terry Eldredge, The Grascals’ co-founder on taping the episode The episode airs Satruday, March 19th 11pm ET/10pm Central, so be sure to check local listings so you don’t miss out! The Grascals’ latest album, currently on Billboards Top 10 for Bluegrass Albums, The Grascals & Friends-Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin, is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store with a portion of the proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Text COUNTRY to 22828 to be eligible for exclusive text subscriber giveaways from CountryMusicNewsBlog.com!

The Grascals Celebrate Five IBMA Nominations

The Grascals enjoy receiving five nominations for the 2010 IBMA’s. Two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Grascals are in the hunt for the 2010 Awards, making the final ballot in the following categories: • Entertainer of the Year • Album of the Year (THE FAMOUS LEFTY FLYNN’S) • Recorded Event of the Year for “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome” with Hank Williams, Jr. • Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Blue Rock Slide” • Reigning two-time Banjo Player of the Year, Kristin Scott Benson, is nominated again for the award “The Grascals are now six years old and we’re still in the dance with the rest of the great bluegrass artists out there. We’re very honored for all our IBMA nominations received today. Special thanks to all the fans, radio and IBMA members for their vote,” says Jamie Johnson. “Thanks to the good Lord for letting us make the music that we love and continue to love – and will love for the rest of our career!” Known as a genre-bending sextet that strives to give their audiences 110 percent each time they take the stage, The Grascals borrowed The Monkees’ pop hit, “Last Train to Clarksville,” and “grassed it up”as the first radio single and video from their fourth album, THE FAMOUS LEFTY FLYNN’S, which currently sits at #1 on both the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles charts. They will continue to open dates this Fall for the Hank Williams, Jr Rowdy Friends Tour, along with Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, Colt Ford, Gretchen Wilson and Sunny Sweeney. The announcements were made this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum; winners will be announced September 30 during the IBMA Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium Country Music Photo Gallery