Stacy Grubb at Kickstarter

She calls herself “a label’s worst nightmare” – a bit too country for bluegrass and a bit too grassy for country. So Stacy Grubb is using Kickstarter to try to raise funds for her new CD.

The West Virginia songbird has until Feb. 25 to raise $15,000. She promises the untitled project “won’t be as much a fence-straddler” as her first release, 2009’s Hurricane. “It’ll be more bluegrass,” Stacy said, adding that she wants a record that more closely resembles her stage show.

As part of that move, the new one will feature her fellow bandmates. Don Rigsby will produce.

Songs from Hurricane enjoyed some success in Europe, but didn’t catch on in a big way here. Still, she said, the experience of being produced by Ronnie Cochran and working with an all-star cast – including Rob Ickes, Ron Block, Aubrey Haynie, Daley and Vincent – “makes it much less intimidating to go back in” to the studio.

Like Hurricane, Stacy is writing much of the material for the new project. But she’ll again include one song penned by her father, Alan “Cathead” Johnston, whose songs have been recorded by Del McCoury and other top bluegrass acts.

Details of Stacy’s Kickstarter campaign can be found here, or you can check out her web site at

Read about our first encounter with Stacy in 2010 here.

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David Morris

David Morris, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.