Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, hey must form a bond. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships and shared professional talents.
Three-time Grammy®-nominated band, The Grascals, offer up a fresh brew of pure and powerful Bluegrass perfection with their latest release, Before Breakfast. Bound to become as essential as a morning “cup of joe” to discerning listeners, the new disc showcases he group’s unerring knack for cutting impressive songs by top-tier writers, their stellar musicianship, and out-standing signature vocals.
Founding member, vocalist and guitarist Terry Eldredge’s immediately identifiable and soulful voice renders an emotionally-honest and haunting take on the Bill Anderson/John Randall tune, “Demons,” while his lighter side shines through on Harley Allen’s “Beer Tree.” Terry’s versatility is evident on the joyous “Clear Corn Liquor,” a tune that offers a melodic play on the traditional fiddle tune “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” from which the album takes its title.
John Bryan (guitar, banjo, lead vocal) is the newest member of The Grascals, and he kicks off Before Breakfast, his second outing with the band, with a riveting performance on “Sleepin’ With The Reaper” (Becky Buller/Grant Williams). John’s claw-hammer banjo rings as bright and clear as his sweet voice on the danceable “Delia,” while he brings glorious gratitude to the Gospel jewel, “I’ve Been Redeemed.”
A staple of the Nashville music scene for decades, vocalist and bass player Terry Smith has never sounded better than he does on “Lonesome,” a melancholy ballad that he wrote with his brother Billy.
Eldredge, Smith and Bryan reach the pinnacle of trio harmonies with a miraculous vocal blend on the Wayne Walker/Webb Pierce classic, “Pathway of Teardrops.” Join their combined prowess with the top-notch instrumental skills of mandolinist Danny Roberts, fiddler Adam Haynes and banjo player/multi-instrumentalist Kristin Scott Benson, and it’s easy to understand The Grascals’ longevity—and number of awards received. They are among the penultimate entertainers of the genre, and the combination of their fierce talents make for a groove that is both accessible and exceptional.