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The Grascals go for "20"

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 – Two decades after bluegrass sextet The Grascals started, the band will release "20" on Mountain Home Records on Aug. 23.

"When the Grascals started in 2004, I really never dreamed that we would still be going strong 20 years later," said founding member Danny Roberts, "but here we are."

The 13-song collection serves to tie past, present and future neatly together, offering a recap of the group's earliest days — complete with the return of another founder, singer/guitarist Jamie Johnson — alongside current and recent hits, and a new songs.

Among the former are 20's lead-off track, "Tennessee Hound Dog," and "Georgia Pineywoods," two Felice and Boudleaux Bryant-penned Osborne Brothers classics.

A third remaining founder, singer/bassist Terry Smith is an alumnus of the Brothers' band, and the group was often joined at early Station Inn appearances by Bobby Osborne.

The disc will include a pair of ballads, "The First Step" and "Jenny," that feature trio vocals throughout. Johnson's "I Go," written with Darren Nicholson, and "Pull The Trigger," written with Shawn Camp, were previously released along with another Nicholson-contributed number, the John Bryan-led "Just Let Me Know."

New songs include "12th & Pine," co-authored by mandolinist Roberts and teen Wyatt Ellis, "Reflection" — written by Johnson, sung by Bryan — and a take on Stephen McWhirter's "Come Jesus Come" that was recorded before the recent cover from gospel singer CeCe Winans.

The group also includes banjoist Kristin Scott Benson and fiddler Jamie Harper.

"We were friends that decided to put a band together to play music that we all liked and enjoyed — with no big agenda — just to do what we wanted to do," said Roberts. "However, things changed really quickly, and we found ourselves on an arena tour with Dolly Parton opening for her and playing in her band as well as recording with her."

The group's most recent release was "Up All Night" in 2021.

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