The Grascals go Mayberry


The GrascalsTHE GRASCALS GO MAYBERRY

Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’

A Tribute To The Music of The Andy Griffith Show

Out Today

 

Nashville, TN (June 7, 2011) — The Grascals pay homage to one of the most beloved and enduring shows in television history with Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’: A Tribute The The Music of The Andy Griffith Show).  In stores today on BluGrascal Records/Time Life Records, Dance finds the Grammy-nominated band rendering tracks like “Boil Them Cabbage Down,” Ol’ Joe Clark,” and the irrepressible “Mayberry’s Finest Theme.”  The group was so caught up in the spirit of the show that they recorded a brand new, original song, “Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish,” based on a favorite line from one of the episodes.

 

The music featured on The Andy Griffith Show held a mirror to the folksy, fun stories and characters of the iconic series.  Thoughtful, sincere and with a dash of humor, their message always rooted itself in doing the right thing and upholding Mayberry’s small-town values. “The Andy Griffith Show had a moral lesson that every human being should live by,” guitarist Terry Eldredge comments, “It’s an honor and privilege to be associated with the best TV show ever made. It was – and still is – awesome family entertainment.”

 

Injecting a new energy into a classic American sound, The Grascals have quickly become one of bluegrass and country music’s rising stars.  Since their debut album in 2004, The Grascals have been nominated for two Grammy Awards, received the SPBGMA’s 2011 Instrumental Group of the Year, SPBGMA’s 2010 Bluegrass Band of the Year, SPBGMA’s 2009 Album of the Year and IBMA’s (2007, 2006) Entertainer of the Year.

 

The Grascals are currently in the midst of a US tour.  Additional information and tour dates can be found at www.grascals.com.

Blind Boys Of Alabama Benefit Concert


BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

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BAMA RISING:

A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR ALABAMA TORNADO RECOVERY

TO BE HELD JUNE 14th

AT BIRMINGHAM’S BJCC ARENA

Concert Features Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride,

Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and More

Blind Boys International Tour Begins June 24th

 

Birmingham, AL (June 6, 2011) — The Blind Boys of Alabama have just been added to the all-star lineup of Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert For Alabama Tornado Recovery, to be held at the Birmingham BJCC Arena on June 14th.  Other acts confirmed for the extraordinary event include: Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Bo Bice, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Sara Evans, Taylor Hicks, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, David Nail, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Ashton Shepherd and special guest Jay Barker, a radio personality and former football star at the University of Alabama.

Presented by Verizon, the concert is being led by Grammy-winning country group Alabama with proceeds benefiting the Bama Rising Fund.  Established with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Fund supports long-term, statewide recovery in the wake of the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated Alabama. Visit www.bamarising.org for more details.

Blind Boys of Alabama founding member Jimmy Carter also recently appeared at TBN’s Tornado Relief Praise. Held on Memorial Day evening at Boutwell auditorium in Birmingham, the event drew thousands of gospel music lovers and featured acts like Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, along with TBN cofounder Jan Crouch, Birmingham mayor William A. Bell and over one hundred pastors.

The Blind Boys released their latest album, Take the High Road, last month to rave reviews.  It is a graceful journey into country music for the longtime gospel group, joined by co-producer Jamey Johnson along with many of Nashville’s greatest vocalists including Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Ann Womack, and Hank Williams Jr.  After wrapping the current leg of their US tour in June, the Blind Boys will launch a world tour that includes performances in London, Ireland, Austria, Sweden, Madrid, the Faroe Islands and Austria.

 

The Blind Boys of Alabama perform concerts all over the world each year.  Honored by both the Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, The Blind Boys have attained the highest levels of recognition in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, and now country, by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” the Grammy Awards telecast, “60 Minutes II,” and on their own holiday PBS Special. The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof- raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to almost every continent. In 2007, they released the Grammy-winning album, Down in New Orleans, their first for Saguaro Road Records, which was followed in 2008 by a companion DVD, Live in New Orleans. In 2009, they released Duets, a collection of songs recorded with artists including Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper and Randy Travis.

Blind Boys of Alabama review in Billboard


Billboard

During the course of their seven-decade career, the Blind Boys of Alabama have logged several noteworthy achievements: induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, five Grammy Awards and performances before three U.S. presidents.
However, one longtime dream still eluded the group. That is, until the May 3 release of “Take the High Road” (Saguaro Road Records), the act’s first country-gospel album.

“I’m a country music buff and always wanted to do a country project,” original Blind Boy Jimmy Carter says. That desire began taking shape when the act performed “Down by the Riverside” with country renegade singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson at the 2010 Alabama Music Hall of Fame dinner.

 

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Catch the Blind Boys of Alabama on Tour


 

 

 

5/7        Fairfield, CT/FTC Stage One
5/8        Hudson, NY/Club Helsinki Hudson
5/10        New York, NY/City Winery
5/19        Alexandria, VA/The Birchmere
5/21        Charlottesville, VA/Jefferson Theater
5/23        Lexington, KY/Woodsongs
6/3        Pittsburgh, PA/Three Rivers Arts Festival
6/4        New Holland, PA/The Encore Festival
6/5        Morgantown, WV/Mountain Stage
6/8-12    Charleston, SC/Spoleto Festival – The Gospel At Colonus
6/18        Sparks, NV/John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel & Casino
6/24        Richmond, BC Canada/River Rock Casino & Resort
6/28        London, UK/Bluesfest London
6/30        Cork, Ireland/Cork Opera House
7/9        Vienna, Austria/Jazz Fest Wien

Great Blind Boys of Alabama press


“…an experience that is both musically and spiritually inspiring.”
-Country Weekly

PLAYLIST PICK: Have Thine Own Way, “Blind Boys of Alabama?Jamey Johnson sings with the vets on this track from the country-gospel album Take the High Road, out Tuesday.”
-USA Today

“The gospel greats go Nashville with vocal assists from Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, and co-producer Jamey Johnson, who mellows his bad-boy ‘tude on a heartfelt rendition of ‘Have Thine Own Way Lord.'”  B+
Entertainment Weekly

“..the whole ensemble is glorious enough to bring even diehard atheists to Jesus…
-Nashville Scene
“…as natural as the backwoods churches that dot the Southern countryside. Play it on the way to your next Sunday service or tailgate party. Either way, it’s pure heaven.”
-Sodahead.com

Blind Boys of Alabama debut on FMQB Radio Chart!


Hear Blind Boys of Alabama on the following stations.  Call your favorite station if you dont see it here and tell them you want to hear more Blind Boys!

  • WSGC/Charlotte, NC
  • WFIV/Knoxville, TN
  • XM/The Loft
  • WNCW/Charlotte
    WCBE/Columbus
  • KXCI/Tucson
    WSYC/Harrisburg
  • KKCR/Kauai
  • WYCE/Grand Rapids
  • KDNK/Carbondale, CO
    WHEE/Martinsville, VA
  • WNRN/Charlottesville, VA
    WOUB/Athens, OH
  • KRSH/Santa Rosa
  • Sirius Outlaw
    WSM/Nashville
  • KDHX/St. Louis
    WNCW/Asheville
  • WRRW/V Beach, VA
    KRCB/Rohnert Park, CA
  • WSYC/Shippensburg, PA
    KRFC/Fort Collins, CO
  • WXLV/Allentown, PA
    WDBM/E. Lansing
  • WHAY/Whitley City, KY
  • GoToRadio.com
Blind Boys | Apr 22

Lonestar Simply the Hits Now available on iTunes


Buy Now on iTunes

The disc features six acoustic songs, including their five #1 Country hits.

Track listing:

1. Amazed

2. No News

3. Come Crying to Me

4. What About Now

5. Tell Her

6. Walking in Memphis

Known both for their strong country roots as well as their multi-genre crossover appeal that has led to a history of success on the pop/rock charts, Lonestar has sold over 10 million album units since their 1995 debut. The Texas bred band has had an impressive list of hit singles on the country charts, including ten #1’s. Signature songs in the mid-90’s included early #1 hits such as “No News,” and “Come Cryin’ To Me.” Their 1999 album release, Lonely Grill, produced Lonestar’s biggest crossover smash to date, the ballad “Amazed,” which spent eight weeks at the #1 spot on the country charts as well as reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The dual win made them the first country act since Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In the Stream” in 1983 to accomplish this career milestone. Three more singles from the band (“Smile,” “What About Now,” and “Tell Her”) followed to #1 as the Lonely Grill album was certified multi-platinum. Lonestar dealt listeners a follow-up platinum hand with the release of their I’m Already There album (2001) with the title track lead-off single spending six weeks
at #1 as the album was on the way to platinum certification.

Uncategorized | Apr 21

Blind Boys of Alabama – Take The High Road pre-sale live


Pre-order the new album by clicking on the cover

Uncategorized | Apr 12

Blind Boys of Alabama on The Tavis Smiley Show


The Tavis Smiley Show.

Blind Boys | Apr 7

New Grascals videos – 5 songs from the new EP


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70H3F3eOQto&p=AA059ADF72912EA5

Buy the new digital album at iTunes here.

The Grascals | Mar 31