Concert Review: The Grascals

by Jessica Pradarits

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Return to your country roots with the bluegrass stylings of The Grascals as I did recently when they took center stage in Dallas, Georgia at the Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival.  It was an enjoyable evening in a wooded amphitheater setting where everyone enjoyed spicy barbecue and sweet tea under a pavilion in the North Georgia heat as they waited for The Grascals to take the stage.

The moment the award-winning Bluegrass band stepped under the lights, the crowd went silent in anticipation of the songs they’d hear from the legendary openers for Dolly Parton. This band really knows how to have a good time on and off the stage. Even their their sound check was enjoyable as the band members tested their microphones with jokes and memories from the road.

These guys – and one girl – will bring a smile to anyone’s face with their undeniable musical talents and the chemistry shared between the six members that draws the audience in and makes them feel as if they are part of the group. The Grascals won my heart by warming the crowd up with “Last Train to Clarksville”, a bouncy little love tune originally debuted by The Monkees back in the sixties. Kristin Benson, the group’s only female member, had her banjo picking featured throughout the evening. Founding member Jamie Johnson introduced her by joking, “You know you’re a whole lot smarter with a woman on your side.”

This show featured all of their crowd pleasing favorites and even if you aren’t a bluegrass fan, it is definitely worth seeing.

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