The Grascals to perform at Years of Farming Bluegrass Show

2013-01-09T15:50:00Z 2013-01-09T17:48:07Z The Grascals to perform at Years of Farming Bluegrass Show Ledger Independent

FLEMINGSBURG | Grammy-nominated The Grascals will open the 2013 Years of Farming Bluegrass Show series on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. at 2 p.m., at the Simons Middle School Auditorium. Opening band will be The Velvet Blue.

Already among the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, The Grascals’ recent album Life Finds a Way has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. The Grascals is a six-piece bluegrass band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 2004, The Grascals embody a profound grasp of and familiarity with country and bluegrass tradition. They have won SPBGMA’s Bluegrass Band of the Year award in 2010, 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. In 2010, The Grascals joined The Rowdy Friends Tour, traveling far and wide with Hank Williams Jr. The group has now appeared on the Grand Ole Opry more than 100 times, and has recorded with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Dolly Parton and other stars of country music. While the group records a fair amount of original material, The Grascals also are known for unlikely covers of tunes by artists from the Monkees and Waylon Jennings to James Taylor and Elvis Presley. 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. The Grascals honor the past and forge into the future, bringing fresh yet familiar sounds to the bluegrass world and beyond.

Opening band will be The Velvet Blue, an upcoming popular local bluegrass group who represented the USA in a tour of Ireland this past summer.  Velvet Blue is probably best known for the song "January Snow" written by Bobby Hedge from Carter County. Band members are Brian Cooper from Fleming County, Taylor Hampton of Lewis County, Harold Henry of Ashland and Carrie Johnson of Lexington.

Tickets are on sale now, available by contacting Paula Hinton at 606-748-0798 or paulahinton2000@yahoo.com. Tickets are $12.50 each available in advance (reserved seating) or at the door the day of the show.

A live radio remote will be aired on WFLE at 1 p.m., prior to the show with interviews of the band members and others. A phone interview with The Grascals can be heard on WFLE. Check out their website www.grascals.com.

For more information you can contact Paula Hinton at paulahinton2000@yahoo.com or (606) 748-0798. Keep up with Years of Farming Bluegrass Shows schedules on our website www.yearsoffarming.com.

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