by Chuck Dauphin
Since forming eight years ago, the Grascals have become one of Bluegrass Music’s top acts. The harmony of Jamie Johnson, Terry Eldredge, and Terry Smith is well worth the price of admission alone. However, throw in the talents of Kristin Scott Benson on the banjo, Danny Roberts on the mandolin, and Jeremy Abshire on the fiddle, you have a group that plays with synergy and such heart that will amaze you and astound you.
Those words could very well be used to describe the music of their newest disc, their debut for Mountain Home Music Company is once again a reflection of the collective and separate talents of all the group. The title cut has some incredible instrumental work as well as that afore-mentioned vocal harmonies – just in the first verse and chorus alone!
Another powerful cut is their rendition of the late Harley Allen gem “Still They Call Me Love.” As usual, Terry Eldrdege is in fine form on the track. It’s a keeper, as is Allen’s other composition, “Pass It On.” As great a singer as Eldredge is, the showcase moment on the disc belongs to Johnson – on the touching final track, “Road To Surrender.” I would attempt to tell you about his performance on it, but truly, there aren’t enough words!
Though they have been represented in the marketplace, it’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from The Grascals. That being said, Life Finds A Way is well worth the wait!
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