Falling in Love With the Grascals All Over Again

And Then There's This Out Friday

I fell in love with bluegrass music, and especially with the Grascals, about 10 years ago.

But it wasn’t because I had the benefit of living in Nashville and was able to wander into the Station Inn or the Grand Old Opry whenever I felt like it. To hear the Grascals play, I had to be playing close attention to a Dierks Bentley song back in 2006.

To this day, that song — “Prodigal Son’s Prayer” — is one of my favorites. It was the first time I’d heard that much fiddle, banjo and mandolin on one country song. (Four years after that, when Bentley released an album made up entirely of bluegrass songs, I lost my damn mind.)

So, yeah, I like bluegrass.

That’s why I am so excited that the Grascals have a brand new album of their own — And Then There’s This — due out Friday (Jan. 8).

The already-robust group of Terry Smith, Danny Roberts, Kristin Scott Benson, Terry Eldredge, and Adam Haynes has now been joined by John Bryan, who you can hear on lead vocals on one of the albums best tracks, “I Know Better.”

The other songs I have on constant repeat are “Road of Life,” “Old Friend of Mine,” and Bill Monroe’s “Highway of Sorrow.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.