The Grascals is set to release And then there's this... 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...
1. I Know Better
2. Road of Life
3. Sweet Little Mountain Girl
4. True Hearts
5. Old Friend of Mine
6. Warm Wind
7. If You Want Me To
8. Delta Queen
9. I Like Trains
10. Autumn Glen
11. A Place to Hang My Hat
12. Highway of Sorrow