This CD bluegrass album, produced and performed by the Grascals, is a collection of some new and some older songs. The cover says some of the songs were not previously recorded. The lead song Life Finds A Way is likely to become a classic. The Grascals have six members and produce a very smooth vocal sound as well as great instrumental work. You would have to go a long way to find a better banjo player than the group's young Kristin Scott Benson. The mandolin player Danny Roberts and fiddler Jeremy Abshire are no slouches either.
The albums grabs your attention and holds it throughout. My favorites were Life Finds A Way with its great lyrics and accompaniment. Still They Call Me Love sung by either Jamie Johnson or Terry Eldridge (the liner notes are sparse on who is doing the vocals). The instrumental Eleven Eleven featuring banjo and fiddle is also very good as well the backups for Mystery Train and Lay That Hammer Down.
Meet the band:
As you can see from the track list (below) there is a variety of songs some of which are not that well known. Sweet Baby James isn't standard bluegrass but is a nice James Taylor tune.
The band seems to have some religious roots and several of the songs have a gospel flavor or message (Pass It On, Road To Surrender). A nice album which should find its way into your collection.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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