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The Grascals, Loveless play Mountain Stage

Monday, May 10, 2010 – The Grascals, make their debut appearance on National Public Radio's two-hour Mountain Stage with Larry Groce May 14-16 along with Patty Loveless. In an episode that was recorded live at the Creative Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University on March 21, The show also featured West Coast country singer Leslie Stevens,and songwriter Pieta Brown.

Mountain Stage is distributed to more than 130 NPR stations nationwide and overseas on the Voice of America Satellite Service. The show will be posted at NPR.org/mountainstage the following week, and archived for continued access.

The Grascals' performance for Mountain Stage included Happy Go Lucky; Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line, their current single, Last Train to Clarksville; Satan and Grandma; a medley of Hank Williams, Jr's hits (Born to Boogie/Women I Never Had/All My Rowdy Friends) and Sally Goodin'. The taping coincided with the release of their fourth CD, "The Famous Lefty Flynn's" (Rounder Records).

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