Adam Haynes to The Grascals

Adam Haynes - photo by Ted LehmannJust two days after The Grascals announced that they would take the next several months to find an appropriate replacement for long-time fiddler Jeremy Abshire, they announced this afternoon that Adam Haynes would be stepping in to the gig.

Adam has been working with Grasstowne for the past three and a half years, and before that with Larry Stephenson. He was also fiddler in the first edition of Dailey & Vincent when they started touring in 2007.

Jamie Johnson with The Grascals introduced Adam as their newest member in a statement today.

Adam Haynes with The Grascals“Well, we thought we’d have to take more time to find the right fit, but when it’s right it’s right! We’re pleased to announce that fiddler, Adam Haynes is the newest Grascal! We are so happy to have Adam in the band and look forward to all of you being able to hear him play.

Here he is with us recently at the Starlite Theater in Branson where we ‘went pink’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

Check the band web site for where you can see Adam and The Grascals live on stage.

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  • Kevin Landon

    Congratulations to the GrassCatTowneScals! All these bands are the same!

    • Jon Weisberger

      Your comments may be true expressions of your opinions, but that doesn’t make them true. Personally, I don’t have any trouble distinguishing Grasstowne from the Grass Cats or the Grascals, and neither do many other people.

      • Kevin Landon

        …and that’s your opinion. Which is entirely valid. And I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your keen ability to distinguish between third-tier artists in a niche genre.

  • Bobby Mikel

    Congratulations to Adam Haynes. Wish you all the best!

    However, the article about Abshire (dated 10/23) exiting the group submits a comment from Jamie Johnson stating that the band expects to use “fill in fiddlers through the end of the year and make an announcement about a permanent replacement at that time.” On 10/18 Jamie tweets, “Hey y’all this bus Adam ‘Redbone’ Haynes our new fiddle player.” And photos from Branson? Somewhat of a “contradiction” wouldn’t you agree?

    Kevin Landon…dude, your comments are always negative…These musicians practice their entire life to make a living…keep practicing, maybe one day even YOU will be able to play the harmonica!

    • Kevin Landon

      My comments are not “always negative” — there are certainly things I love…but they are “always honest,” which in bluegrass isn’t always appreciated. I accept that fate.

      • Kevin Landon

        And, actually, your comment is pretty much in line with my M.O. — to call out contradictions and hypocrisy in this wonderful but flawed genre.

        Oh, and FYI, I can play harmonica (straight and cross-harp) quite well.

  • Mountain Fever Records

    I think I’m being called out here…
    Not sure what the problem is…
    Dennis Jones can you shed some light on this situation?
    Or is it Chris Jones that should shine the light?
    I get so confused, all you journalistic DJs look alike to me…

    Now where did I put my latest edition of THE BLUEGRASS BLOG MAGAZINE ?

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    • Dennis Jones

      I’m not sure what they are talking about. It’s the musicians and bands business.

      I can tell the difference between groups and I can tell the difference in the groups when they change members…but I listen with a critical ear and try to be unbiased.

      • Kevin Landon

        …it is. I’m mostly just joking around. But bluegrass ain’t a genre that’s known for its sense of humor.

        I do find it funny how all the bands seem to draw from the same pool of musicians — both in the studio and on record.

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          “But bluegrass ain’t a genre that’s known for its sense of humor”

          I don’t know about that. Did you ever see Chicken Hotrod, Country Gentlemen, Seldom Scene, Hot Rize, Ron Thomason, Keith Whitley, Curly Ray Cline, Little Roy Lewis, Karl Shifflet, Hunter Berry, Charlie Sizemore………

          Maybe I don’t have a great sense of humor myself–after all, I didn’t see anything particularly clever about
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          • Kevin Landon

            Great point, Russ! I revise my thinking accordingly:

            “Bluegrass fans aren’t particularly known for their sense of humor.”