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Pickin’ and Grinnin’ From the Wabash Valley to the White House and Back Again

November 10, 2015

Grascals

Grascals

It’ll be a bluegrass homecoming when Rose-Hulman welcomes West Terre Haute native Terry Eldredge and the rest of the Grascals musical group to the Hatfield Hall Theater on Friday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Both timely and timeless, the Grascals’ brand of modern bluegrass never fails to resonate with audiences. Since its founding in 2004, the band has performed at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. The band’s honors include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian Institution in the nation’s capital.

Their unique sound has earned the group three Grammy nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. They’ve been the opening act for Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, and Hank Williams, Jr., among others.

With a modern take on the bluegrass genre, the Grascals’ music is firmly rooted in tradition and delivered with a “deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers.” It’s a testament to their reverence for the old ways that the strongest bastions of tradition, such as the Grand Ole Opry, continue to welcome them and their shows.

Likewise, their ability to seamlessly provide a modern twist to those traditional sounds has kept the band’s work relevant, fresh, and playful. Fan favorites include their take on the Monkees’ classic, “Last Train to Clarksville,” a tune which, once “Grascalized” appeals to non-bluegrass listeners and bluegrass fanatics, perhaps never realizing the song’s pop music roots.

The band also spun a fan favorite in their 2011 release Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot and Ravelin’: A Tribute To The Music of The Andy Griffith Show. It also produced a down-home tribute to the History Channel’s popular American Pickers show. The tune, which featured Dierks Bentley, appeared on the band’s 2013 release, When I Get My Pay.

“This group has played the Grand Ole Opry over 150 times and the White House twice, and they’re buddies with the American Pickers. I am really looking forward to seeing West Terre Haute's own Terry Eldredge on the Hatfield Hall stage,” says Dan Tryon, Hatfield Hall’s director of performing arts.  

Joining Eldredge on stage will be John Bryan, on guitar and vocals; Terry Smith, on bass; Adam Haynes, on fiddle; Danny Roberts, on guitar and mandolin; and Kristin Benson, pickin’ the banjo.

Patrons 21 year old and older will also have the opportunity to enjoy a craft beer tasting, courtesy of Dever Distributing, beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Hatfield Hall.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youths, and are available online at www.hatfieldhall.com, by phone at 812-877-8544, or at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk on Tuesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and two hours before the show. Tickets and complete show information are also available at www.hatfieldhall.com.