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The Grascals’ Announce New Album

The Grascals

They’re three-time GRAMMY® nominated, and twice named IBMA Entertainer of the Year. They’ve made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, and nationally syndicated TV shows. They are The Grascals, now in their 11th year since those early days touring with Dolly Parton, with numerous number one songs and top-charting albums to their credit. And now, a highly-anticipated new release continues their legacy as one of the most powerful and groundbreaking bands in Bluegrass.

And then there’s this… is set for release from Mountain Home Music Company 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… 

Charlie Daniels Celebrates Musical Freedom and Heritage at 40th Anniversary of Volunteer Jam

Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images for Webster PR

Since the first Volunteer Jam with Charlie Daniels in 1974, a few things have changed, but one thing has remained: celebrating the generous spirit of southern rock – with a few surprises.

“Ain’t it good to be alive, and to be in Tennessee?” – Charlie Daniels

This year’s special event raised more than $200,000 for the Journey Home Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Charlie Daniels to connect donors with veterans organizations. Proceeds will also benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The almost 5-hour-long concert was a “who’s who” of legendary musical artists. Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys quipped, “We’ve got more acts tonight than are running for president!”

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images for Webster PR

Craig Morgan noted that the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam “is a piece of history.” Surprise guests included Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynrd, Blackberry Smoke, and Jamey Johnson, who were in addition to the guests already on the bill: Ted Nugent, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Terri Clark, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford, The Grascals, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ryan Weaver, Wynonna, Craig Morgan, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Dean, Michael W. Smith, Travis Tritt, Phil Vassar, and Montgomery Gentry.

Lee Greenwood, known for the patriotic classic “God Bless the USA,” kicked off the show and set the tone for the night. Greenwood described Charlie Daniels as not only a “big brother” figure, but also as “a perfect lesson in how to live.” Numerous other artists echoed those sentiments throughout the night, revering Daniels’ musical talents and warm spirit.
But when it comes down to defining the music, it’s all about the spirit and authenticity.

Blackberry Smoke describes southern rock as “musical freedom,” while Ted Nugent talked about how he loves the “attitude and spirit” of the music. Billy Dean brought the discussion to contemporary country music, and how he feels that acts like Florida-Georgia Line are unjustly criticized for making music that is authentic to who they are.

In addition to the music, the main message of the event was about supporting veterans when they transition back to civilian life. Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity co-hosted the event alongside SiriusXM “The Highway” host Storme Warren. Throughout the night, they recognized military servicemen and women, including two Benghazi survivors, whose story will be portrayed in an upcoming movie called “13 Hours – Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” The title sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, Henry Repeating Arms, presented a $200,000 check on stage to The Journey Home Project.

For more information about how you can get involved with the non-profit, visit

Dan Rather To Guest Announce On the Grand Ole Opry TONIGHT

Dan Rather

The Grand Ole Opry is set to welcome legendary American newsman Dan Rather as a special guest announcer this Friday, March 21. The Opry’s guest announcer series continues as part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry House which kicked off last weekend. Among the artists joining Rather on Friday’s show are Charlie Daniels, The Grascals, Kathy Mattea, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Rather may be the best-known journalist in the world.  For more than 60 years, the legendary Texas newsman has covered virtually every major event across the globe and he continues to report and investigate stories for AXS-TV, where he is the managing editor of “Dan Rather Reports” and “The Big Interview.”

Among those coming soon to the Opry are The Band Perry, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, and Patty Loveless. Storme Warren, host on SiriusXM and “Headline Country” on GAC-TV, is scheduled to guest announce Saturday, March 29.

Kellie Pickler, Clint Black & The Grascals to Headline Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes

Charlie Daniels

Legendary musician Charlie Daniels and Lipscomb University are partnering to raise funds for veterans education with an all-star line-up of artists at the fifth annual Copperweld Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event.

This show, produced by David Corlew & Associates, will include performances by Daniels along with Kellie Pickler, Clint Black, The Grascals, the Navy Band Sea Chanters and the American Hitmen along with other special guests who will be part of the program set for Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

Tickets are made available through the generosity of the event sponsors. They are available at all Middle Tennessee Daily’s and Twice Daily’s locations and the Lipscomb University box office. Call 615-966-7075.

“It’s an honor to be part of something special like the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event,” said Black, a popular Country music artist for more than three decades. “As if it weren’t enough that Charlie Daniels asked me to sing—our troops occupy a very special place in our history. We have to do our utmost to make sure the part we play in their history is worthy of their sacrifice and commitment. This event is playing a fantastic role, making higher education a reality for returning veterans. I’m thrilled to be a part of this special evening.”

Daniels launched the event in March 2010 to create a greater awareness of the national Veterans Yellow Ribbon education program and to raise funds for veterans to attend Lipscomb University. Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program offers eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill veterans and their family members an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree either tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate.

Members of the military and their families are invited as guests of the event’s corporate sponsors. Attendees will have an opportunity to make a donation at the event. Proceeds from the event benefit the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes Fund benefiting veteran students at Lipscomb University.

“Our veterans know that freedom isn’t free, but we think their education should be. At Lipscomb we have a very unique opportunity to help open doors for our veterans through higher education,” said Jim Humphrey, associate dean of campus life and director of veterans services at Lipscomb. “We appreciate Charlie Daniels and his organization as well as those artists who have joined us for this event the past five years. The awareness and funds that they raise for our program are impacting the lives of our veterans and their families in significant ways.”

Daniels will be joined by some of music’s hottest artists. Clint Black, has had 22 singles hit number one on the Billboard country charts. Black River Entertainment artist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Kellie Pickler released her fourth album, The Woman I Am, last year. Grammy-nominated group, The Grascals, have become one of the most acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene for their innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music. The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The American Hitmen, Marines and brothers Dan and Tim Cord, formed in the midst of battle in Fallujah, Iraq, and have recently been featured on “America’s Got Talent.” Today, the band also includes former Marine Dan Jarmon, bass guitar, and drummer Phil Snyder.

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