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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. As their releases 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 pop standard.
Vocally, the trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith are tighter than ever, cutting loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion. As an instrumental unit, The Grascals have never sounded sharper, with mandolin ace Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson leading the charge. As a result, 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 Grammy® nominations for three of their releases (THE GRASCALS, 2005; LONG LIST OF HEARTACHES, 2006; LIFE FINDS A WAY, 2013) for Best Bluegrass Album.
The Grascals are among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today's bluegrass scene, having won SPBGMA's Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, its Instrumental Group of the Year three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013), the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2005 and earning its Entertainer of the Year honor in both 2006 and 2007.
For those who know them, the quick emergence of the group came as no surprise, for these are musicians whose roots and crossed paths reach back over more than two decades in bluegrass ensembles like the Osborne Brothers, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, the Sidemen and New Tradition. Their roots can also be traced back to Nashville's larger musical community, where The Grascals have been able to draw on legends like Bobby Osborne, George Jones, Vince Gill, The Jordanaires, Steve Wariner, Lloyd Green, Paul Craft and others for songs and for performances in the studio, on stage (including multiple guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry), and for national television appearances, including on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS's Early Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Thanks to those experiences and those friendships, The Grascals embody a profound grasp of and familiarity with country and bluegrass tradition that made them a natural choice for Dolly Parton to turn to for recording and tour support not long after the group was created in 2004. The group continues to push the envelope and, in 2010, The Grascals joined The Rowdy Friends Tour, traveling far and wide with Hank Williams, Jr., playing before huge crowds, expanding their fan base and exposing new audiences to the diverse and unique "BluGrascals" sound.
Whether being light-hearted and jovial or soul-searching and reflective, The Grascals are at the very top of their game. Though it is still - at least in bluegrass terms - a new group, the web of friendships, band memberships, recordings and personal appearances that binds The Grascals together has produced an ensemble of unsurpassed cohesion and focused artistic direction. Whether in the studio or on stage, The Grascals honor the past and forge into the future, bringing fresh yet familiar sounds to the bluegrass world and beyond..
Aly Sutton was raised in Marietta and attended the University of Georgia where she was a Football Cheerleader for the Dawgs. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and modeled as a Barker Beauty on the famous game show, "The Price Is Right." In 2006, Ms. Sutton returned to the South to focus on her singing career and claimed Nashville as her home. Ms. Sutton soon became the Brand Ambassador for Nashville's hometown Vietti Chili! You can see Aly every Wednesday night at Music City Roots, live from The Factory in Franklin, or online at musiccityroots.com. This Music City princess will delight you with her roaring vocals and sweet Vaudeville flair. Follow Aly Sutton Music on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.
Music City Roots
Vietti is a proud sponsor of Music City Roots - Nashville's acclaimed live radio and TV show. It's a worldwide showcase for Americana legends and cutting-edge talent.
About Music City Roots Moments:
Released in partnership with anchor sponsor Vietti Chili, Music City Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One vinyl was produced at Nashville's own United Record Pressing. The 11-song collection is high style – with brown speckled vinyl, laser etched art on side four, bonus photos and expanded liner notes – and is part of a limited 500 unit pressing.
Special Live Cuts From Season One
Known as an enthralling sonic document of the inaugural season of Nashville’s admired roots/Americana radio show, the anthology features live cuts from Jim Lauderdale, 18 South, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Nanci Griffith, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, Scott Miller, Caitlin Rose, Charlie Louvin, The Black Lillies and Mike Farris with the McCrary Sisters. Sam Bush, Lauderdale and friends close the album with a rousing Loveless Jam of "Up On Cripple Creek." Visit us at Music City Roots for your chance to win your very own copy of this double LP!.
Mark Lavey is a Nashville-based performance/session guitarist and songwriter specializing in the Blues, Country, Rock, Christian, and Acoustic/Folk genres. Having performed hundreds of live shows and recording sessions, Mark possesses the knowledge, experience, skill set, and most importantly the “ear” to support the artist and/or the song. Quoted by music business pros as gentle, humble, and an all around great “hang”, Mark is an immense guitarist who is available for hire..
Conceived in a tipi in Oregon and raised by parents he describes as “semi-nomadic, back to the land hippy homesteaders,” Kai Welch is a Nashville-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Kai plans to release the Perpetually Out of Fashion EP, which he wrote, recorded and arranged himself, in early 2015. Songs like the slow-burning title track, and haunting “Sweet Abandon” will no doubt reinforce his friend Béla Fleck’s assertion that Kai is “a powerful musical force.” His love for music and nature also led him to start Music for Wild Places,a non-profit concert series that takes participants on multi-day, musical adventures through some of America’s most beautiful backcountry..
Austin Moody is one of country music's true, down-to-earth country boys. Hailing from the hills of East Tennessee, Austin currently writes and records in Nashville. His live performances reflect an authentic, relatable artist who is clearly staying true to his humble roots. Austin believes his purpose in life is to make music, and he wants to share that music with all that will listen..
Hatched in the twilight months of ought nine, these five young men came from all corners of the US looking to do one thing: knock the dust off roots music. A freewheelin', trashgrassin', folk tornado, the Whiskey Shivers take traditional instrumentation, soak it in gasoline and send it into outer space. Breakneck speeds, killer grooves and impeccable musicianship: it's enough to make Bill Monroe himself do a double-take as he spins in his grave..
Sweet Honey is a vocal duo that loves tight harmonies, writing songs, and making cool country music. Consisting of Lindsey Brassfield (pictured left) on vocals and guitar and Jessie Rose Pennington (pictured right) on vocals and keys, their harmonies are so tight they are often mistaken for sisters. Catch them weekly at the Opry Backstage Grill in Nashville.
Kirsty Lee Akers
Kirsty lee Akers is Australia's very own Hillbilly Princess. Fans describe her sound as somewhere between Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. This pint-sized powerhouse has risen to the top of Country Music in her homeland and has now set her sights on the world. Kirsty was invited to play the only Music City Roots show filmed down under in 2012. Her honest and heartfelt songwriting makes her a force to be reckoned with in any country..
Brian Ashley Jones
Blazing guitar riffs, soulful vocals, and excellent songwriting. That's how one Texas DJ has described Brian Ashley Jones. Check out his new release Out of the City or catch a live show and see if you agree!.
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band embodies the spirit of the classic days of country music with their influences leaning heavy on the sounds of Uncle Dave Macon, Stringbean or Roy Acuff with his Smoky Mountain Boys. They all hail from the pastoral hills and hollers of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley, Bill Carlisle, Jack Greene, Lonzo & Oscar and even Garth Brooks just to name a FEW!www.tennesseemafiajugband.com
From deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina's newest breakthrough country artist Tim Elliott is in three words, Real. Country. Music. With traditional country and bluegrass roots paired with today's new country sound, Elliott's classic baritone voice and charismatic performances continue to fill venues across the east coast. Visit timelliottlive.com/ or www.facebook.com/TimElliottMusic for more info..
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Now these boy will take you through the hills of ol' Kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the socks right off of their forefathers feet. www.whiskeybentvalley.com.
Yes Dear is a 3-piece acoustic band from Nashville, TN that performs a wide range of music. If the Eagles met Van Morrison and went bowling with Jimmy Buffett who was on a 3-way phone call with James Taylor and John Mellencamp backstage at a concert where Tom Petty was opening for the Beatles...that's the Yes Dear sound..
Paper Trail: the written evidence of someone's activities... it just so happens, they've got two tales to tell. Paper Trails is the name of Folk/Americana duo Aaron Meyers and Shelby Neubauer. Originally from Florida and Texas, both decided to chase their dreams all the way to Nashville, where they began writing and playing as solo artists. A few years later, Shelby and Aaron decided to give a duo project a go. The result? It was like Bonnie met Clyde - and the good, the bad and the ugly all poured into the lyrics and melodies they created together. It was a duo made in heaven... with just a little bit of fire. Check out their music at www.facebook.com/papertrailsduo..
Johnny Campbell is a third generation fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up listening to Bluegrass greats Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse and the Stanley Brothers. Johnny's long-bow fiddling style is modeled after the late, great Kenny Baker, as well as his brother Jimmy Campbell, who played extensively with both Jim & Jesse and Bill Monroe. To Johnny, Bluegrass is not just a genre of music, but a lifestyle. Sticking strictly to the roots of first generation bluegrass musicians, Johnny brings enthusiasm and charisma to an often mislabeled musical category. He is equally comfortable playing fiddle tunes on the front porch or singing his heart out to a packed house and after 35 years as a sideman, Johnny is now up front with his own band, Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters. In the famous words of Johnny himself, "Let's Pick!" Check him out at www.thebluegrassdrifters.com!.
Bradford Lee Folk
"Bluegrass Playboy" Bradford Lee Folk has been a shinning light in Bluegrass Music for 20 years. A Kentucky Colonel, he has played on the Grand Ole' Opry, The Kennedy Center, and in countries far and wide. His signature singing and songwriting have created a new flavor in the big chili pot of Bluegrass and Americana music. Check him and his band Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys out at bradfordleefolk.com. Enjoy!.
Adley Stump has stayed quite active since her time on NBC's The Voice/Team Blake. With her country/pop sensibilities and fierce business sense, she has gone on to have several Top 30 iTunes hits, continued television appearances with her series "Stay At Home Soldier," and become a #1 Best Selling author with her book "How They Sell Music." Connect with her at www.AdleyStump.com.