The Grascals leave Rounder
Monday, October 4, 2010
– The Grascals announced Monday they split with Rounder Records their home for six years.
"We appreciate them believing in us from the get-go, said mandolin player Danny Roberts. "They've meant so much to us, and they supported us completely."
The parting is amicable, according to manager, Kirt Webster. "It was simply time for a change, and both parties realized that. We have nothing but respect for the label and the work they've done for us."
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