THE GRASCALS, “And then there’s this…,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks

It’s been nearly 11 years since The Grascals’ debut album, back when the band was touring with Dolly Parton.

Since then, the band has been named entertainer of the year twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association and been nominated for three Grammys.

One of the founding members, Jamie Johnson, left last year and John Bryan replaced him on guitar and vocals.

The latest album, “And then there’s this…” hits record bins on Jan. 8.

And it’s the same quality that fans have come to expect.

There’s nothing the caliber of Harley Allen‘s “Me and John and Paul,” the standout piece from that first album.

But it’s still a solid album.

“Old Friend of Mine” tells the story of two childhood friends who have drifted apart getting together at a funeral. But whose funeral is the surprise.

“A Place To Hang My Hat” is about a man who is just passing through life on his way to heaven.

“I Know Better” is a hard-driving song about a man wanting to call the woman he loves, even though they are no longer together — but knowing he shouldn’t.

“I Like Trains” is a song about a man who grew up wanting to ride trains and now spends a lot of time on them.

“If You Want Me To” finds the singer ready to leave if she wants him to, but he’d rather stay with her.

“Autumn Glen” is a bouncy instrumental.

And there’s one song from Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass — “Highway of Sorrow.”

Another good album by a great band.

Can’t find it in stores? Try Grascals.com/store/

 

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