The Grascals -
Keep On Walkin'
Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
is the Grascals first CD in a couple of years, the
sound is real traditional with hardly any special
effects. The harmonies on this CD
are killer, with memorable hooks from a great selection
The group has
grown some since the last CD. Aaron McDarris joined
the groups banjo player extraordinaire. They do some
classics like "Today, I Started Loving You Again" (Merle Haggard), which they do a great version
of, both on vocals and instruments. A great guitar hook
runs throughout the song. Some piano by "Pig" Robbins,
Jimmy Martingly's fiddle is more than impressive
throughout the disc. Also, Andy Hall plays Dobro.
Now, this is in
addition to Grascal regulars Jamie Johnson on guitar
and vocals, Terry Eldridge on guitar and vocals,
Terry Smith on bass and vocals, with Danny Roberts
Keep On Walkin'
high lonesome sound. This banjo picker, McDarris, reminds me of
Earl Scruggs, and he likes these boys as many of the
older musicians in the scene.
The way The Grascals produced this disc, it very much sounds
live, like they were all standing around in a room
and playing around a couple of mikes.
is a real sad tune about a country boy who went off
to World War 2 and came back a different man. Great,
sensitive song showing how much on the same page
these guys can be when playing together.
Walking," the title track, is an upbeat song
harmonies and haunting fiddle lines in the
background, great lyrics too.
Honestly, I didn't
care for this disc the first couple of times thru,
then it got me. Personally, I've always liked the more
contemporary sounding Blue Highway, The Greencards and Mountain Heart, to name a few.
Well, now I am a Grascals fan. You just can't ignore
their creativity and talent.
is the final track, which they do a beauty of a
version, partly a capela, partly accompanied by
A real treat is
Vince Gill singing with them on track two, "Sad Wind
Sighs," a slow song that Vince does a great job on with his special vocal prowess.
This is plain
good bluegrass, the way it was designed. Check out
Release date 7/15/08
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