The Famous Lefty Flynn's (Rounder, 2010)
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Johnson shares vocals with Terry Eldredge and Terry Smith, who also handle guitar and upright bass respectively, on the 12-song disc. All acquit themselves well with Johnson having the best chops.
The writing is strong with the title track about a prison breakout that goes bad for one of them anyway, although the band only writes 3 of 12 songs. At least, The Grascals also know how to pick songs fitting their style. They cover Steve Earle's wistful My Old Friend the Blues before bouncing into the lively Up This Hill and Down from the Osborne Brothers (they also play the working class themed the Osbornes' Son of a Sawmill Man) and the Bill Monroe/Hank Williams song I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome, with Hank Jr. prominently featured on vocals and Lloyd Green on steel guitar.
This stellar band is strong on all fronts from multi-threat vocals to the playing as evidenced by the instrumental Blue Rock Slide, from The Grascals' Danny Roberts, Benson and Abshire. Sonically, the song offers a nice contrast to the other 11 songs.
This is a cohesive, well-put together, just like every other disc by The Grascals
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