Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravelin': A Tribute To The Music Of The Andy Griffith Show

Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravelin': A Tribute To The Music Of The Andy Griffith Show

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by The Grascals
     
 
Catch that old-time bluegrass fever! Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Grascals pay tribute to one of America's most-beloved television programs, The Andy Griffith Show, with the release their newest disc, Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravel in': A Tribute To The Music of the Andy Griffith Show, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary

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Catch that old-time bluegrass fever! Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Grascals pay tribute to one of America's most-beloved television programs, The Andy Griffith Show, with the release their newest disc, Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravel in': A Tribute To The Music of the Andy Griffith Show, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the famous TV program.

The Grascals grab the music by the collar and haul it back 50 years, featuring tunes that were an integral and humorous part of the show's eight-year run. "Dooley" gets the proceedings started and things barely slow down as they blast through seven songs, a television series, and fifty years of bluegrass history.

The old-time songs sound like the classics they are, but they're presented with the drive and fire that made The Grascals immortal within bluegrass. Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravel in' includes one original song ("Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish") written and recorded in the spirit of the sweetly-comical series. From the Label

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Release Date:
06/07/2011
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583408027
catalogNumber:
26514

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Joe_Ross More than 1 year ago
The award-winning Grascals' "Tribute to the Music of the Andy Griffith Show" is a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the television show which ran from 1960-68. In the show, The Dillards (Rodney Dillard, Doug Dillard, Mitch Jayne, Dean Webb) played The Darlings, a backwoods clan of musicians in the mountains near Mayberry, N.C. At the time, old-time and bluegrass music was often associated with hillbillies, and the music occasionally made its way into situational comedy. Despite the stereotypical connection, a show like Andy Griffith's could be viewed as quite influential in introducing many throughout the nation to bluegrass music as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife dealt with moonshiners, rock-throwing neighbors, and criminals from out of town. The Dillards were certainly on top of their game when performing on the show, even though they only appeared in six episodes (between 1963-66) and played a total of 14 songs during the show's 9-year run. The music always generated large amounts of fan mail. Fifty years later, The Grascals are now in their prime as they regularly release top-selling albums with their signature commercial sound. The well-rounded unit is discriminating and resourceful, but this EP could be viewed as a little rawboned and lean. Nonetheless, the band's six members serve up a high degree of showmanship and entertainment. One is left wondering, however, why they picked the songs they did for this short, extended play (EP) project that The Grascals were asked (by Andy Griffith) to produce after he heard and liked what they'd done with the Mayberry's Finest (food company) jingle." There are classics from the show (Dooley, Boil Them Cabbage Down, Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer), Ol' Joe Clark, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms). At Griffith's request, The Grascals also wrote and recorded a short one-minute original song entitled "Boy, Giraffes are Selfish" that was inspired by a famous Barney Fife quote after a bunch of dogs were released in a thunderstorm. Barney Fife said, "A dog can't get struck by lightning. You know why? 'Cause he's too close to the ground. See, lightning strikes tall things. Now if they were giraffes out there in the field, now then we'd have trouble." Barney's point was that giraffes are selfish because they walk around with their heads in the clouds and don't take care of each other. The Grascals are familiar with many quotes from the television show, and they are known to resurrect a few now and then during their travels and shows. And who says a song can't be written about nearly anything? The EP is a good conceptual idea, but it left me wanting more. I wonder if they were on a tight production deadline, and they only got enough material recorded for a 15-minute release. The Grascals do a good job with the old bluegrass standards, but they could've really infused them with new fire and life. Further, with only a few more songs, the tribute project could've been full-length album. With only a little more time invested, some fantastic new originals could've been inspired by the antics, advice and wisdom of the original Mayberry bunch. Remember the episode where The Darlings are discussing the song they are going to play at Charlene's wedding? Briscoe asks, "How 'bout 'Don't Hit Your Grandma with a Great Big Stick'?" Charlene replies, "No, Paw, That one makes me cry!" Now, in my opinion, there's a great idea for a song just itchin' to be written for