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The Grascals’ BEFORE BREAKFAST A Fresh Brew Of Bluegrass Perfection

Band Chases Demons, Finds Salvation With New Music September 1

Nashville, TN (July 7, 2017) – The Grascals’ newest album, BEFORE BREAKFAST, offers fans a hot shot of diversity with a freshly brewed mix of Bluegrass perfection. The 12-song collection will be available September 1. Fans who pre-order HERE now will receive “Sleepin’ With The Reaper” as a “grat track.”

BEFORE BREAKFAST finds the award-winning group at a career high point vocally and musically, and the record’s energy is palpable. A more relaxed pre-production approach led to “easy” song choices. The band chases demons, finds salvation and dances their way through what will surely become essential listening for lovers of the Bluegrass art form.

This is the second album for this configuration of The Grascals. The current group features founders Terry Eldredge (lead vocals, guitar), Terry Smith (lead vocals, bass) and Danny Roberts (mandolin), plus longtime banjo ace Kristin Scott Benson, fiddler Adam Haynes and John Bryan (lead vocals/guitar). As Smith notes, the group continues to evolve organically. “We’re even breathing together vocally,” he explains. “The Osborne Brothers always said that when you get to that point, it was right – and they were on to something.” This cohesiveness allows the band to navigate the diverse material, which ranges from traditional to contemporary Bluegrass, and includes Inspirational tunes as well.

The album kicks off with “Sleepin’ With The Reaper,” which Benson calls “a departure for the group but a good fit nonetheless.” John Bryan’s haunting vocal brings a sense of menace and urgency to the song, which sets the stage for the next dynamic track. Vocalist Terry Eldredge believes the best songs are about life and truth, and that lyrically, there is nothing but the truth in “Demons.” El’s vocal versatility is obvious on “Clear Corn Liquor,” a steamin’ hot, fiddle-filled ode that he delivers with sass. “Delia features John on a band first,” says Danny Roberts. “His clawhammer banjo is unique for us and gives a great old-timey sound to the song.” Terry Smith is in fine form on the melancholy, universally-themed ballad “Lonesome,” which he co-wrote with his brother Billy. John brings glorious gratitude to the Gospel jewel, “I’ve Been Redeemed.”

Sleepin’ With The Reaper (B. Buller/G. Williams)
Demons (B. Anderson/J. Randall)
Delia (J. Weisberger/C. Chamberlain/C. Humphrey III)
I’ve Been Redeemed (M. Dylan/R. Edwards)
Lonesome (B. Smith/T. Smith)
Beer Tree (H. Allen/R. E. Orrall)
Pathway Of Teardrops (W. P. Walker/W. Pierce/J. Hazlewood)
Lynchburg Chicken Run (D. Roberts/A. Haynes)
He Took Your Place (L. Flatt/E. Scruggs)
Lost And Lonesome (P. Overstreet/ B. Smith)
There Is You (K. Harrigill)
Clear Corn Liquor (T. Stafford/B.Starnes)

About The Grascals
Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, while acknowledging the traditional values that birthed the genre. Their cutting-edge modern Bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. It’s a unique sound that has earned the group 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 other acts entrenched in niche genres. High-profile appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. The bastions of Country and Bluegrass continue to welcome them, as evidenced by 150-plus performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Additional honors include President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian and two performances for President George W. Bush.

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Grascals’ Danny Roberts Receives Special Honor

Grascals’ Danny Roberts Receives Special Honor

| July 5, 2016 | No Comments

Danny Roberts with his Blue Blazes award at the 2016 Smithville Fiddlers Convention - photo by Bill CongerThe Grascals’ mandolin ace Danny Roberts has traveled the world enjoying a wealth of musical experiences in bluegrass, but this 4th of July weekend he soaked in a couple of moments that were extra special to him at the 45th Annual Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival.

First, the two-time SPBGMA Mandolin Performer of the Year was honored with the Blue Blaze Award for “actively cultivating a love of bluegrass music.” Sierra Hull and Darrin Vincent are the past recipients.

The Smithville, TN stage is familiar turf to Roberts who cut his teeth competing at the Jamboree and similar contests as a teenager.

“It kind of hit me starting here in these competitions just how blessed I’ve been,” Roberts said in an interview with Bluegrass Today following the awards presentation and performance. “God has been so good to me beyond anything I could ever imagine.”

Prior to picking up the special trophy, though, Roberts was feeling a bit anxious, but not for himself. It was the first real show that he’s played with his talented daughter, Jaelee Roberts, 15.

“I was kind of nervous for her,” Roberts said. “She can sing. She has sung with The Grascals since she was knee high, but she was always a little more apprehensive with fiddling. She was playing a bunch of new stuff she hadn’t played.”

Jaelee Roberts, Danny Roberts, Andrea Roberts, John Bryan, and Kristin Scott Benson perform at the 2016 Smithville Fiddlers Convention - photo by Bill Conger“Getting up there with her and seeing the crowd reaction and watching her pull the fiddle playing off just great along with the vocal parts—there’s nothing like seeing your child do something like that. I’ve been fortunate enough to play all over the world. We’ve been everywhere and played with Dolly and Porter, been on the Grand Ole Opry, but still there’s nothing that means more to me than standing next to that little girl and hearing her sing and do her thing. That’s far and away above anything else.”

Roberts also was joined in a rare performance with his wife, Andrea Roberts and two Grascal bandmates, Kristin Scott Benson on banjo and vocalist/guitarist John Bryan. Before they hit the stage, another band performed that consisted of several former members of the group he co-founded, New Tradition.

“Watching those guys and seeing them watch me up there playing, I really started feeling nervous more for me than my daughter,” Roberts admits.

Returning to the Smithville Jamboree was a blast from the past for the veteran performer, who saw several musical buddies from his early days.

“Fred Duggin and I have played together forever,” he said. “We started backing each other on guitar contests when I was probably about 14, 15 maybe. We backed each other up until we started the band, New Tradition, together. “

Fred Duggin and Roy Curry with New Tradition at the 2016 Smithville Fiddlers Convention - photo by Bill Conger“When I got out of high school, I moved to Murfreesboro in 1982, and he and I opened a music store there. He’s one of my longest, oldest friends. It’s special to see him here. Roy Curry was probably one of the biggest influences on my guitar playing coming up. I wanted to be Roy. I used to try to play like him. He’s not that many years old than me, but he was that far advanced when I came along.”

“Seeing those guys out there was like old home week. All those memories come flooding back. It made me a little tense, but I still had a blast.”

The Leitchfield, KY native competed in the Smithville Jamboree, but in Roberts’ day he had the added challenge of going up against more experienced musicians.

“I had to get in against the big guys from the get go,” Roberts said. “Having the competition for the kids to where they can compete against each other instead of having to battle against grown-ups, it’s invaluable for what it can do. My daughter, I think, was 5 the first time she played here. She’s placed in every competition. She’s won the singing here before. To have the experience to get on stage, it’s just amazing.”

Danny Roberts, Smithville promoters Jack Burton and Rob Ramsey, John Bryan, Kristin Scott Benson, Jaelee Roberts, and Andrea Roberts at the 2016 Smithville Fiddlers Convention - photo by Bill CongerAs Roberts’ skills progressed, his band at the time, New Tradition, had great success in the competitions and was asked to play for the dancers.

“Now, most of these dancers out here are their kids,” Roberts said. “It’s like a big family. It’s a culture down here that grows and spreads. It’s very neat to be able to give kids something to do besides play video games,” he says with a laugh.

and then there’s this… The Grascals’ New Album Available in January

andthentheresthis(NASHVILLE, TN) – They’re three-time GRAMMY® nominated, and twice named IBMA Entertainer of the Year. They’ve made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, and nationally syndicated TV shows. They are The Grascals, now in their 11th year since those early days touring with Dolly Parton, with numerous number one songs and top-charting albums to their credit. And now, a highly-anticipated new release continues their legacy as one of the most powerful and groundbreaking bands in Bluegrass.

And then there’s this… is set for release from Mountain Home Music Company on January 8, 2016.

Since their last album, 2013’s When I Get My Pay, The Grascals have welcomed the very gifted John Bryan on vocals and guitar. John joins the tight-knit group that is comprised of Terry Smith, Danny Roberts, Kristin Scott Benson, Terry Eldredge, and Adam Haynes.

Songs like “Sweet Little Mountain Girl” and the Bill Monroe classic, “Highway of Sorrow,” bring to the album a traditional style and the return to an earlier Grascals sound. The original, “Autumn Glen” showcases the writing, arranging and performing abilities of The Grascals’ award-winning instrumentalists, Danny Roberts and Kristin Scott Benson, along with first-rate fiddler Adam Haynes.

Great songs from tried and true bluegrass writers such as “True Hearts,” co-written by Harley Allen and Billy Smith; “Delta Queen,” from Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson; and “A Place to Hang My Hat” from the co-writing team of Shawn Camp, Brice Long and Byron Hill; all combine to make and then there’s this… arguably the most exciting and traditional new release from this beloved and highly awarded band.

Lead vocal duties are primarily shared between Bryan and Eldredge, but the album includes sophisticated group harmony arrangements like those on “Warm Wind” and “Old Friend of Mine.”

With a well-earned reputation as one of the most formidable record labels in the genre, Mountain Home Music Company (an imprint of the Crossroads Label Group) touts some of the top artists in Bluegrass, and has been home to The Grascals since 2012. Label President, Mickey Gamble, shared his enthusiasm for this latest release from the band.

“Listening to a great song is very much like stepping into a room where good friends are having a great conversation, where each person in turn listens before speaking, and then adds something new and vital. The dialogue flows like a river – never pushed, but building and ebbing like a series of lazy waterfalls,” Gamble says. “Listening to a great album is to be immersed in such conversations with an interesting string of topics and welcome surprises. It is an experience to embrace because of this, oh and now that: a sense of ‘and then there’s this’ over and over again.”

With all The Grascals have accomplished over the last decade, the group would be perfectly justified in coasting on its many past successes. But not this group, because and then there’s this…

Highly Anticipated Album from The Grascals Available for Pre-Order Now

NASHVILLE, TN. — The highly-anticipated new album from The Grascals, And Then There’s This…, is now available for pre-order on iTunes at

And Then There’s This… is set for release from Mountain Home Music Company on January 8, 2016, but fans can begin to enjoy the music of this multi-award winning, and three-time Grammy nominated band. By pre-ordering now, purchasers will receive immediate gratification with “grat tracks” from iTunes. “I Know Better” is available now with album pre-order.

Since their last album, 2013’s When I Get My Pay, The Grascals have welcomed the very gifted John Bryan on vocals and guitar. John joins the tight-knit group that is comprised of Terry Smith, Danny Roberts, Kristin Scott Benson, Terry Eldredge, and Adam Haynes.

The band is preparing to launch a fresh new website soon. Meanwhile, visit to keep up with the band.

Mountain Home and The Grascals Celebrate the Release of When I Get My Pay

NASHVILLE, TN: Award-winning Bluegrass act The Grascals, along with their label, Mountain Home, celebrated the release of their eighth album, When I Get My Pay, on Tuesday night at the Antique Archeology Store in Nashville, Tennessee. They performed for an audience of media representatives, friends, family, and several of the album’s contributing writers. Their performance was highlighted by their song “American Pickers,” written as a tribute to Mike Wolfe of the American Pickers TV show.

Wolfe, who was present for the event, introduced the Grascals, telling the attendees, “Every once in a while you get recognized for something. When Jamie Johnson sent me the CD with this song on on it, I was blown away. This is the biggest pat on the back we have gotten!”

The song “American Pickers” appears on When I Get My Pay and features a guest vocal from Dierks Bentley. A music video of the song, featuring The Grascals, Dierks Bentley, and a cameo from Mike Wolfe, has been released and can be viewed at

When I Get My Pay hits the streets Nov. 18th. You can pre-order it now at


PHOTO CAPTION (LEFT TO RIGHT): Terry Eldredge (Grascals), Chris White (Mountain Home), Scott Wagner (Mountain Home), Kristin Scott Benson (Grascals), Danny Roberts (Grascals), Adam Haynes (Grascals), Mike Wolfe (American Pickers), Ty Gilpin (Mountain Home), Mickey Gamble (Mountain Home), Jamie Johnson (Grascals), Terry Smith (Grascals)

The Grascals to Release WHEN I GET MY PAY: New Album Includes “American Pickers” Song and Video

GrascalsWhenIGetMyPayBigCovNASHVILLE, TN — Multi-award winning Bluegrass band The Grascals have announced the release of their 8th album, When I Get My Pay (Mountain Home Music Company) on November 19th.

The three-time Grammy nominated band has already released the companion video for one song on the album. “American Pickers” was penned by Jamie Johnson, Susanne Mumpower Johnson and Jeffrey East after members of The Grascals met and became friends with Mike Wolfe of the hit History Channel television show, American Pickers. Country superstar and Grascals’ pal, Dierks Bentley, lends his vocals to the album cut and appears in the music video, along with Wolfe.

“We just really love the American Pickers TV show, so it was a thrill to meet and get to know Mike,” Jamie says. “I told him we’d like to write a song for him and he thought that was a pretty cool idea. The song and video have been such fun for all of us, including Dierks and Mike, and now we’re happy to share it with fans.”

The music video was shot on location during The Grascals’ Rivestage appearance at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville and at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, TN.

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Congratulations to The Grascals, Grammy® Nominees!

Nashville, TN — It was while performing with other songwriters at a Nashville benefit for Operation Troop Aid that Jamie Johnson, a founding member of The Grascals, learned that the band has been nominated in the 55th annual Grammy® Awards.

“I stepped off the stage and my phone was all lit up with text messages,” Johnson says. “I didn’t know what to do first, call everyone back or just dance a jig!”

The Grascals are nominated for Best Bluegrass Album for Life Finds A Way. Released in March, it is the 7th album by the two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year. The project is the first for the band on the Mountain Home Music Company label, with which they signed earlier in the year. The Grascals are Terry Eldredge, Danny Roberts, Kristen Scott Benson, Jamie Johnson, Terry Smith and Jeremy Abshire.

Mickey Gamble, president of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing / Mountain Home Music Company, is especially pleased for The Grascals.

“This nomination is so great because it’s true,” Gamble says. “Life DOES Find a Way and the Grascals live that message every day.”

The Grascals, who’ve been nominated twice previously for Grammy® honors (in 2006 and 2007), share the category this year with albums by Dailey & Vincent, Noam Pikelny, Special Consensus and Steep Canyon Rangers.

The Grammy® Award nominations special was held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the first time the event has been held outside of Los Angeles. The 55th annual Grammy® Awards will be held Feb. 10th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with awards being handed out in 81 categories. The program will air live on CBS.

For more on The Grascals, visit their newly redesigned website at

For a full list of Grammy® nominees, visit



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