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The Grascals slate new CD on Cracker Barrel

Monday, December 6, 2010 – The Grascals will release their next disc in early January on Cracker Barrel. This is the first release through the restaurant chain for the bluegrass band after four albums on Rounder.

"The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin" will be out Jan. 11, 2011 at all Cracker Barrel stores. The CD has 13 country music songs that should sound familiar. Among the songs are Tiger By the Tail with Brad Paisley and Folsom Prison Blues with Dierks Bentley. Charlie Daniels and Dolly Parton also play on the disc.

A bonus track, I Am Strong, was written by Grascals band member Jamie Johnson and his wife Susanne Mumpower-Johnson along with Jenee Fleenor after The Grascals visited the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and were inspired by the stories and power of the children being treated there. The song brings together vocals from all of the artists who also appear separately with the Grascals on other tracks on this CD. Cracker Barrel is donating a percentage of the proceeds from this CD to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The track listing is:

1. Tiger By The Tail (with Brad Paisley)
2. Folsom Prison Blues (with Dierks Bentley)
3. Pain of Lovin' You (with Dolly Parton)
4. I Am Strong (with Dolly Parton)
5. Louisiana Saturday Night
6. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died (with Tom T. Hall)
7. White Lightning (with Darryl Worley)
8. The Devil Went Down To Georgia (with Charlie Daniels)
9. Leavin' Louisiana In Broad Daylight (with The Oak Ridge Boys)
10. Mr. Bojangles (with Joe Nichols)
11. Hank Williams Jr. Medley-Born To Boogie / All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight
12. Cracker Barrel Swing (Instrumental)
13. I Am Strong (Bonus Track) Featuring guest appearances by Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, Terri Clark, Randy Owen, Steven Seagal, Tom T. Hall, Joe Nichols and Ansley McLaurin

Cracker Barrel has released many CDs, including by Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, Dailey & Vincent and Zac Brown Band.

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