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The Grascals all set for fourth disc, out March 30

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 – The Grascals will release their fourth CD, "The Famous Lefty Flynn's," on Rounder Records March 30, just a few days before the band hits the road as a part of Hank Williams Jr.'s Rowdy Friends Tour.

As a guest on the CD, Williams also joins the band for a country/bluegrass version of I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome, written by his dad, Hank Williams, and the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

The Grascals rose to critical acclaim in 2005 when they won Emerging Artist of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. They were named 2006 and 2007 Entertainers of the Year the following 2 years.

Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith handle vocals. Also aboard are mandolin player Danny Roberts, fiddler Jeremy Abshire and new banjo player Kristin Scott Benson.

The new disc follows "Keep on Walkin'" from 2008, "Long List of Heartaches" from 2006 and their self-titled debut from 2005.

"The Famous Lefty Flynn's" kicks off with start-to-finish three-part harmonies featured in a cover of The Monkees' Last Train to Clarksville. Eldredge takes the lead in the fast-paced Son of a Sawmill Man, a straight-ahead bluegrass tune with room for solos by Benson, Roberts and Abshire. The band also covers Steve Earle's My Old Friend the Blues.

Songs on the CD are:

1. Last Train to Clarksville 2:58

2. Son of a Sawmill Man 2:33

3. Satan and Grandma 3:34

4. Everytime 2:32

5. Out Comes the Sun 3:09

6. Blue Rock Slide 4:17

7. The Famous Lefty Flynn's 2:52

8. My Baby's Waiting on the Other Side 2:37

9. My Old Friend the Blues 2:20

10. Up This Hill and Down 2:41

11. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome - with Hank Williams Jr. 2:54

12. Give Me Jesus 2:46

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