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The Grascals are a well-established collection of players, featuring a six-piece mix of some of the most talented musicians in bluegrass. What happens when there's some turnover in the lineup of an established band? It either gets better or goes home. With "And Then There's This…" on Mountain Home Records, there's not much likelihood of The Grascals sticking home, unless it's their own choice.
The way Jamie Johnson of The Grascals views it, the adage "if ain't broke, don't fix it" applies to the bluegrass sextet's new "Keep on Walkin'" CD. Who could blame him either? The group has enjoyed two well-received albums, a hit single with "Me and John and Paul" and won the prestigious entertainer of the year award two years running from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Not bad for a group of mainly veteran musicians who came together only four years ago for the long haul playing bluegrass and country.
Two nights before Christmas, a freak December storm across the Midwest has kept Grascals singer and guitarist Jamie Johnson bound to his Nashville-area home, disrupting not only his holiday travel plans back to his native Indiana, but also canceling an opportunity to sing with one of his idols, bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne. Still, he muses, there have been few other black clouds in 2004 for Johnson, 32, and his band mates - fiddler Jimmy Mattingly, lead singer Terry Eldredge, banjo player David Talbot, mandolinist Danny Roberts and bassist Terry Smith. ...