Grandpa’s Way of Life from The Spinneys

No Borders - The Spinney BrothersNo Borders from The Spinney Brothers isn’t due until May 7, but Mountain Fever Records has released a single to radio this week.

It’s Grandpa’s Way of Life, a new Brink Brinkman song that perfectly fits the band’s kind of traditional bluegrass, brother duets style. The lyrics speak fondly of the old ways in the old days, including a line that may speak to many of their fans, though not something those of us at Bluegrass Today can endorse.

“I’d like to throw computers out the window,
And returns to Grandpa’s way of life.”

Have a listen…


Brinkman says that the song tells a true story.

Brink BrinkmanGrandpa’s Way of Life is 80% about my grandfather. It is focused on the hard work and values of a great generation.

He made it through 8th grade, but taught himself how to play music and actually played 9 months with Tommy Dorsey on trombone. He came from Norway and he always poured his coffee into a saucer and then slurped it out of the saucer. I thought he was the only one that did that but come to find that is pretty common among that generation.

One of my favorite lines in the song is where I say that ‘His hands and words were like iron and SON….you could take that to the bank.’ You didn’t need any signed contract…his word was his bond.”

Banjo playing Spinney brother, Rick, is proud of the new single.

Grandpa’s Way of Life is a real pleasure to bring to the listeners and we are so honored to have recorded it. It’s a song that most all of us can relate to or have some connection with, pertinent with our Grandparent’s generation as well as the modern age of computers and cell phones of today.”

Rick’s brother Allen is on guitar, with Gary Dalrymple on mandolin and Darryl Hebb on bass. Ron Stewart played fiddle and produced for the new record.

Radio programmers can download Grandpa’s Way of Life at Airplay Direct.

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