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The Grascals to play on ‘Bluegrass Express Live’




WMMT’s “Bluegrass Express Live” will present The Grascals on Thursday, Oct. 15. The performance will take place in the Appalshop Theater at 91 Madison Avenue in downtown Whitesburg. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and may be reserved by calling (606) 633- 0108, or via email at wmmtfm@appalshop.org.

The Grascals began their career in 2004, when they recorded their debut album and were invited by Dolly Parton to open her fall tour. They opened additional dates for her in 2005, including her sold-out concert at Radio City Music Hall. They have since shared the stage with Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley, Patty Loveless, Mac Wiseman, J. D. Crowe, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill, the Jordanaires and many others.

Their trademark blend of traditional bluegrass and classic country with more modern elements, delivered with vocal and instrumental intensity and virtuosity, earned them Grammy nominations for their first two critically-acclaimed releases — “The Grascals” and “Long List of Heartaches”. Their third album, “Keep on Walkin'”, appeared in July 2008.

In 2008, The Grascals were recognized by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) with several awards, including Instrumental Group of the Year and Bluegrass Band of the Year. The Grascals were the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year, first earning the top honor in 2006, only one year after being named Emerging Artist of the Year and winning Song of the Year for “Me and John and Paul.” The Grascals, soon to be touring in support of John Prine, are nominated in five categories at the 2009 IBMA Awards set for October 1. They also make regular guest appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and have also appeared on “Opry Live”, “CBS Early Show”, “Fox & Friends”, “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and the TV Guide Channel. ExxonMobil announced on September 28 that the company will sponsor the band on behalf of its Mobil Delvac brand of heavy duty diesel engine oils.

Members of the Grascals are Terry Eldredge (vocals/ guitar), Jamie Johnson (vocals/ guitar), Danny Roberts (mandolin), Terry Smith (vocals/bass), and Jeremy Abshire (fiddle). The newest member is banjo great Kristin Scott-Benson, current holder of the Banjo Player of the Year awards from both SPBGMA and IBMA.

Season tickets for the fall “Bluegrass Express Live” season will be on sale at this show for $50. Also scheduled for the fall are Paul Williams on Nov. 5 and Larry Sparks on Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Dave Fields at 606- 633-0108 or email wmmtfm@appalshop.org.

WMMT-FM, 88.7 is a public community radio station, broadcasting to southwestern Virginia, southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, as well as parts of Tennessee and western North Carolina and worldwide on the Internet. It is a part of the Appalshop arts and education center.


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