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By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
One of the most beloved and acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene, The Grascals will take the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Saturday, Jan. 18. Durango-based Running Out Of Road will open the show at 7 p.m.
It is said that great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond — one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than 40 years.
With more than 20 years of crossed paths, The Grascals’ seemingly quick emergence as a group is no surprise. Vocally, the trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith cut loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion. The musicality is completed with Danny Roberts (mandolin), Jerry Abshire (fiddle) and Kristin Scott Benson (banjo).
The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives the band members an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each song’s deepest spirit — whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or pop standard. This unique sound has earned the band two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album.
The Grascals are touring in promotion of the band’s November 2013 release, “When I Get My Pay.” View The Grascals’ video for “American Pickers” featuring Dierks Bentley from “When I Get My Pay” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgc17O1RgKo.
The Grascals’ special guest, Durango-based Running Out Of Road (ROOR), delves into the nature of great American roots style music through arrangement and performance of original material, contributing to the ever-growing bluegrass tradition of Colorado. With a genesis found during early Friday morning jam sessions (before the band members’ “real” jobs), ROOR gained traction when Duane Tucker (banjo, vocals) and Ian Lennox (guitar, vocals) brought forward their songwriting talents. Jeff Moorehead (dobro), Michelle Fletcher (base, vocals) and Rusty Charpentier (fiddle, vocals) round out the band.
All members of ROOR work to inspire the next generation of bluegrassers by hosting a String Club for kids in the Durango area.
Tickets for The Grascals with special guest Running Out Of Road ($18/$24) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657, or visit the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue, downtown Durango.
Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions (serving beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages and snacks) opening at 6 p.m. On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain, and remain open through intermission.
Purchase tickets to three or more Concert Hall productions in one sales transaction and receive 10 percent off each ticket. Discounts cannot be combined, and all sales are final.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.