“This group is so good. When we saw they were available, we jumped at the chance to get them,” said Cathy Traver, arts administrator for the Aiken Performing Arts Group, which is bringing the band to Aiken.
Named the bluegrass band of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America in February, The Grascals have a special show planned.
“The 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show was last year,” said Traver. “They have a tribute to Andy Griffith and their own music in the show.”
The six-member group has received multiple SPBGMA and International Bluegrass Music Association awards and several Grammy nominations. Banjo player Kristin Scott Benson was named the IBMA banjo player of the year three consecutive years, 2008, 2009 and 2010. A native of Union, S.C., Benson is the newest member of the group. Before The Grascals, she performed with other artists including Josh Williams and Rhonda Vincent.
In January, The Grascals signed with a new record label, Mountain Home Music. In March, Life Finds A Way, The Grascals’ newest CD, was released, and the band marked its 115th appearance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
For the liner notes of the new CD, country music legend Tom T. Hall wrote “Mere words can’t do this first project for Mountain Home Records justice. You have to play it and FEEL!!” according to The Grascals’ Web site, www.grascals.com.
The concerts, which mark the end of the APAG season, begin at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students from (803) 648-1438 or www.apag