The six-piece bluegrass band, The Grascals, was founded in 2004. Since then, they have released two albums, won several awards and have taken the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. The group is made up of members Terry Eldredge and Jamie Johnson on guitar and vocals, Danny Roberts on mandolin, Terry Smith on upright bass and vocals, Kristin Scott Benson on banjo and Jeremy Abhsire on fiddle. The band started with Eldredge, Johnson, Jimmy Mattingly and Dave Talbot. The four asked Smith and Roberts to join the band and the group played one of their first performances at the Station Inn later that summer, with special guest Bobby Osborne. In 2004, despite the group’s beliefs that they wouldn’t be going anywhere, Dolly Parton showed interest in the group and The Grascals became her opening act. The band played at both Dollywood and, later, the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2005, The Grascals began working on their first album. It featured songs like “Me and John and Paul,” “Where Corn Don’t Grow” and “Viva Las Vegas,” featuring Dolly Parton. That year, they performed on the Opry stage with Parton several times and their first album made it onto the Billboard charts. Their second album contained songs with guest artists like George Jones, The Jordanaires, Steve Wariner and Dierks Bentley.
Also in 2005, the band won two awards at the IBMA Awards. They came out on top for Song of the Year for their song “Me and John and Paul” as well as for Emerging Artist of the Year. They were also nominated for Best Album of the Year. In 2006, The Grascals won four awards at the SPGMA Awards. They were nominated for a Grammy the same year, and were nominated for two more IBMA Awards; they won Entertainer of the Year then. In 2007, the band won two more SPGMA Awards, Instrumental Group of the Year and Bluegrass Artist of the Year. Also that year, they added one more IBMA award to their long list of achievements, Entertainer of the Year once again.
In late 2006, member Dave Talbot was replaced by Aaron McDaris as the new banjo player. In 2008, Mattingly was replaced by Jeremy Abshire on the fiddle, and McDaris was replaced by Kristin Scott Benson. Rhonda Vincent also joined the group that year.
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