GRASCALS 'Straighten the Curves' MH-1758-CD

GRASCALS 'Straighten the Curves' MH-1758-CD

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Every touring musician knows the difference between a twisting,
turning road and a miles-long straightaway—whether that road is
the literal one on which they spend so much of their time or a
metaphor for career and for life. The Grascals certainly know it,
as challenges and changes have mixed with top industry awards:
3 GRAMMY nominations, 2 IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards,
late-night TV appearances, frequent guest appearances on The
Grand Ole Opry and more in a career now in its 15th year. And
with the release of their latest Mountain Home collection,
Straighten The Curves, on August 30, the veteran ensemble shows
that they’re moving full speed ahead toward new horizons.

From start to finish, this is vintage Grascals — confident, clear-eyed, and filled with a spirit of
adventure that’s always looking down the road, whether it leads away from or back to home.
These themes are woven through the course of the project, from the lively Becky Buller-penned
opener, “My Virginia Mama,” to the group’s revival of Eddie Rabbitt’s 80s country hit, “Drivin’ My
Life Away,” and the defiant getaway of the title track, penned by Canadian old-time and
bluegrass stalwart Chris Coole.
In true Grascals form, there are a couple of stellar gospel numbers given luminous readings by
Bryan (“The Shepherd Of My Valley”) and Davis (“What Does God Look Like”) alongside a pair of
ballads in the thoughtful “They Laughed” and a melancholy “Don’t Leave Your Memory Behind”,
the mandolin-led picking showcase, “AndiWayne”, and a pair of grassy lovelorn laments in
“Calling Your Name” and “Who Needs You”.
With the vocal trio of Bryan (guitar), Davis (guitar) and founding member Terry Smith (bass)
backed by an instrumental trio that includes Kristin Scott Benson (four-time IBMA Banjo Player
of the Year and recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass, founding
member Danny Roberts (seven-time SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year) and master fiddler
Adam Haynes, the Grascals are a formidable presence in the world of bluegrass.
Infusing a musical wisdom developed and refined through years of steady creativity on stage

Track Listing:

  • My Virginia Mama (2:16)
  • Callin' Your Name (2:24)
  • Don't Leave Your Memory Behind (3:22)
  • Straighten The Curves (2:48)
  • They Laughed (3:13)
  • Heartbreak Hall of Fame (3:38)
  • Drivin' My Life Away (3:16)
  • Haggard (3:02)
  • AndiWayne (4:14)
  • What Does God Look Like (3:29)
  • Who Needs You (2:52)
  • The Shepherd of My Valley (What Would
  • I Do Without Jesus) (3:15)