Eastern North Carolina’s critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Grass Cats release “Home to Carolina” their sixth CD on New Time Records
Home to Carolina is the sixth release for this North Carolina quintet. Since November 1997, The Grass Cats have been "prowling" the stages of North Carolina establishing a name for themselves as an exciting and entertaining band while gaining critical acclaim and a swelling fan base.
Following up the success of 2002’s The Blues are Back In Town CD with it’s number one single “Bluegrass Man" and 2004’s Top 10 CD Desperate Times the Cats again showcase their crafty penmanship, perfectly blended harmonies and masterful song selection on the 13 cuts of Home to Carolina.
The first track “Long Way Back" sets the pace for the CD and was written and performed by former New Vintage front man and mandolinist Russell Johnson. Russell also contributes the bluesy "Pill or Potion" and title track "Home to Carolina". Guitarist Steven Martin contributes four originals that range from the hard driving "Fading Memory" to the sublime harmonies of the plaintive "Lonesome and Crying". The Cats’ pulled from several different American Music genres for the balance of their CD. Blues, Country, Rock and Pop are all represented, from artists as diverse as The Who, Robert Cray, Tim McGraw and The Heights. The Cats banjo player, Tim Woodall takes lead vocal duties on two of the country covers and with bassist Lloyd Herring, adds harmony vocals throughout the project. Fiddler Chris Hill continues to add his staunchly traditional fiddle style to The Cats mix.
The Cats offer it all on Home to Carolina; powerful solos, bluesy duets, perfectly blended trio harmonies, dynamic instrumentation critically acclaimed originals and cleverly arranged covers from a spectrum of music that doesn’t always confine itself to the bluegrass record bin.
The CD will be available from the Grass Cats web site www.grasscats.com
Contact: Russell Johnson @ 919-963-2820