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The Grascals - The Famous Lefty Flynn's
By: Jim Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist

This is the fourth album of this much celebrated bluegrass group, as they grow into their ever evolving sound. The Grascals are not traditional in sound, but traditional in spirit, with a modern feel to the sweet recording in the twelve great songs featured here on The Famous Lefty Flynn's.

Whether they are cooking on a fast song or harmonizing on a slow ballad, The Grascals have a sound that is their own. New to this CD is the award winning young Kristin Scott Benson, who adds her highly skilled banjo playing to the mix. This talented young lady released two CDs of her own, before joining up with The Grascals, a great fit.

I reviewed their last disc, Keep Walking On, and I find a much more empowered group here. Everything fits together well in a great mix. They start out doing a fast driving bluegrass version of "Last Train To Clarksville", originally recorded by the Monkees.

A song written by Grascal Jamie Johnson, "My Baby's Waiting On The Other Side", really takes off with nice lyrics and some great banjo and mandolin.

The Steve Earle penned "My Old Friend, The Blues", has an old time country side to it with some pedal steel by Lloyd Green. A very good version with lots of emotion.

Another mid-tempo song titled "Up This Hill and Down" has some great hooks, just love Scott's banjo interplay with the mandolin. They play together like they have been doing it for years.

Similar to this is the song "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" (Monroe, Williams), a classic old time country song done with a bluegrass twist.

The Twelfth song is a beautiful gospel song. "Give Me Jesus". The instruments are more in the background on this track, while the sweet vocals take the front of the mix. Both country music and bluegrass fans should love this great effort.

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