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  • From Nashville.
  • Formed in 2004 by Terry Eldridge (guitar), Jimmy Mattingly (fiddle), David Talbot (banjo), Danny Roberts (mandolin), Jamie Johnson (guitar) and Terry Smith (bass).
  • Eldridge, Talbot and Johnson appeared on a 2001 album called “The Little Grasscals: Nashville’s Superpickers.”
  • Other former bands: Eldridge (Osborne Brothers, Larry Cordle, Sidemen); Talbot (Larry Cordle, Marty Raybon, Reba McIntyre); Mattingly (Garth Brooks, Steve Wariner, Osborne Brothers, Dolly Parton); Johnson (Boys from Indiana, Wildwood Valley Boys, Ricky Van Shelton); Smith (Jimmy Martin, Wilma Lee Cooper, Osborne Brothers, Smith Brothers); Roberts (The New Tradition, Reno Tradition).
  • 2004, toured with Dolly Parton on her “Hello I’m Dolly” tour. Released single “Viva Las Vegas” with Dolly singing a verse.
  • 2005, released The Grascals album (Rounder Records).
  • 2005, won IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year.
  • 2005, won IBMA award for Song of the Year (“Me and John and Paul”)
  • 2005, opened for country artists Brooks and Dunn in New York City.
  • 2006, 2007 won IBMA award for Entertainer of the Year.
  • 2006-2009, they were sponsored by Mayberry’s Finest (a food distributor).
  • 2006, released Long List of Heartaches album (Rounder) with guests Steve Wariner, George Jones, Dierks Bentley and the Jordanaires.
  • 2006, banjo player David Talbot left to work full-time with Dolly Parton, replaced by Aaron McDaris.
  • 2008, released Keep on Walkin album (Rounder).
  • 2008, fiddle player Jimmy Mattingly left the band to work with Dolly Parton, replaced by Jeremy Abshire.
  • 2008, banjo player Aaron McDaris was replaced by Kristin Scott Benson.
  • 2008 (November), performed at the White House for a reception honoring President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and their wives.
  • 2009, sponsored by Mobil Delvac (a diesel engine oil).
  • 1010, released The Famous Lefty Flynn’s album (Rounder).
  • 2010, an RV park in Dothan, Alabama was named after them: “The Grascals Bluegrass Hollow RV Park.”
  • 2010, toured with Hank Williams, Jr., recorded with Dierks Bentley.
  • 2011, released Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravelin: A Tribute To The Music Of The Andy Griffith Show (Saguaro Road Records).
  • 2011, released album The Grascals and Friends: Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin with many guest artists (Cracker Barrel).
  • 2012, released Life Finds A Way album (Mountain Home).
  • 2013, released When I Get My Pay album (Mountain Home).
  • 2015, Jamie Johnson left the band and was replaced by guitarist/vocalist John Bryan (whose grandfather Willard Watson is a first cousin of Doc Watson’s.)
  • 2015, released And Then There’s This album (Mountain Home).
  • 2018, released Before Breakfast album (Mountain Home).
  • 2018, banjo player Kristin Scott Benson won the IBMA Award for Banjo Player of the Year. She also was given the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo.
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