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The cover of this CD by the Grascals is straight forward; it is an eco-friendly package, nice photo on the front and titles on the back. Opening the tri-fold pack gives you the credits, the songwriter’s info and the thank you information from the group; this is a very nice touch. Now let’s get on to the meat of the CD. Sit back and check out The Grascals Before Breakfast CD Review by Dashal Jennings Music Critic.
“Sleepin’ with the Reaper” is the opening song and it kicks in with a nice banjo lick. The chord pattern adds to the overall feel of the tune making you feel that there was some thought in the writing of the progression.
The next song is a tune called “Demons” which is a Bill Anderson song. The band does more than just justice to this song. They make it their own.
“Delia” The only negative thing I can say about this song is that the intro is just a little long, but once the vocals come in it makes you pay attention.
With a title like “I’ve Been Redeemed” it is fairly easy to figure out the context of the song. It is a nice traditional felling waltz.
“Lonesome” is the number five song on the CD. This song pretty much had me all the way. I felt like the song was talking to me and that’s what they are supposed to do. This is definitely one of my favorite of the whole CD.
I have to admit with a name like “Beer Tree” I was curious about this one. It’s a nice tongue in cheek play on things that could and should find its way onto the radio.
As I listened to “Pathway of Teardrops” is a nice waltz with some pretty easy to listen to harmony parts. Bluegrass has always been a great harmony platform but these guys take it to the next level making the structure of the voices a hook.
With a name like “Lynchburg Chicken Run” I figured before it came on that it should be a fast bluegrass tune. It certainly didn’t disappoint me and made me want to dig out my old Flatt and Scruggs vinyl.
Speaking of Flatt and Scruggs the next song is written by them, did the producer put “He Took Your Place” next in line on the CD to take advantage of the Flatt and Scruggs feel from the previous song, I wonder.
“Lost and Lonesome” form the title I thought might be a slow one. I was certainly pleasingly wrong. The lyrics are masterful and as I look at the author I know why it was written by none other than Paul Overstreet.
The fiddle on the intro of the song “There Is You” sets you up for the feel of this song. Don’t expect that you will be in a sad song though it is uplifting. Nice and well crafted lyrics with a feeling of love for one’s partner who sticks with you through thick and thin.
“Clear Corn Liquor” is one of those titles that have me asking why? It is a typical blue grass toe tapping drinking song. One can imagine this one echoing through the holler on a Saturday night.
This is the perfect CD if you are looking for a nice bluegrass get away. Pick up a copy of ‘Before Breakfast,’ put it on your CD player and then kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy. We hope you enjoyed The Grascals Before Breakfast CD Review by Dashal Jennings Music Critic.