The Grascals Biography

Accomplished bluegrass outfit the Grascals is the recording outlet for six experienced session players; Jamie Johnson (Indiana, USA; guitar/vocals), Danny Roberts (b. Kentucky, USA; mandolin), David Talbot (b. Canada; banjo/vocals), Jimmy Mattingly (b. Kentucky, USA; fiddle), Terry Smith (bass) and Terry Eldredge (b. Indiana, USA; vocals). Between them the sextet can boast experience performing with artists including Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Lonzo And Oscar and Wilma Lee Cooper. Eldredge, Smith and Mattingly also played together on stage with the Osborne Brothers, while Talbot and Eldredge spent several years with Larry Cordle And Lonesome Standard Time. Most of the members also worked together in the Sidemen, playing every week on a Tuesday night at the Station Inn in Nashville. The six musicians came together as the Grascals in summer 2004 and were signed by Rounder Records on the strength of their demo recording. Shortly afterwards the sextet was recruited to back Dolly Parton on her 2004 tour. Their duet with Parton on a bluegrass version of the Elvis Presley hit ‘Viva Las Vegas’ shot into the upper regions of the country singles listings and also broke into the pop charts later in the year. The sextet made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry shortly before the release of their self-titled debut in February 2005. The album featured original material by Johnson and Talbot alongside rousing interpretations of standards including ‘My Saro Jane’, ‘Sally Goodin’, and ‘Sweet By And By’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.