The Grascals are back in the good ole USA after a trip to Europe in February.
While on the continent at the end of the month, they played concerts in Switzerland and Belgium, and Lilly Pavlak snapped some great photos of the band at the 26th Annual International Country Music Festival in Zurich.
From all accounts, they tore the house down and thoroughly enjoyed their time overseas. You can see several more photos from the festival at the European Bluegrass Blog.
The guys – and gal – have a full plate this month, with the release of their fourth CD, The Famous Lefty Flynn’s, scheduled for March 30. It will mark the recorded debut of newest member Kristin Scott Benson on banjo, and a duet with Hank Williams Jr.
The music is classic Grascals – fun, high octane bluegrass. You can almost see them cutting up on stage on some of the lighthearted songs, like the opening track, a remake of the Monkee’s mega-hit, Last Train To Clarksville, written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
You can hear audio samples for all 12 tracks on the Rounder Records web site.
But things won’t slow down once the album hits. The Grascals start their April on the Rowdy Friends Tour 2010, with Hank Jr. and country artists Jamey Johnson and Eric Church. They will open the shows, and also provide entertainment before the concerts begin for the tailgaters in the parking lot. What a way to launch a new CD!
You can find all the Rowdy Friends dates at www.grascals.com.