The Grascals have racked up three Grammy nominations and a lot of bluegrass hits since 2005.
And “When I Get My Pay,” their eighth album, which was just released on the Mountain Home label, shows that the band isn’t yet resting on its laurels.
Harley Allen’s “Two Boys On A Dirt Road,” the story of two childhood friends slowly drifting apart, is reminiscent of his “Me and John and Paul,” the Grascals’ first big hit from eight years ago.
Country star Dierks Bentley joins the band on “American Pickers,” a tribute to the History Channel reality series.
The album is a good blend of ballads and uptempo songs, like the title cut about working hard every day and making too little money to pay the bills.
“Are You Up For Getting Down Tonight” is a ballad about going out to dance the blues away.
“Bluegrass Melodies,” an old Osborne Brothers song, sounds eerily like the Osbornes. But that’s because lead singers Jamie Johnson and Terry Eldredge are big Osborne Brothers fans — and Eldredge and Terry Smith are former members of the Osbornes’ band.
“When Your Rock Turns to Stone” is about a woman whose love has turned to ice because her man treated her wrong.
“Silver Strands” is a ballad about a couple who fell in love in their teens and are still in love 50 years later.
Good album by a great bluegrass band.
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