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

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The Grascals pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show with an EP that presents Grascal interpretations of the music played on the show by the Darling Boys, a fictional band played by the Dillards, who were one of the first bluegrass bands to appeal to rockers and hippies. New member Kristen Scott Benson handles the banjo duties and wisely doesn't try to match Doug Darling/Dillard's supersonic picking style. "Dooley," a song about a mountain bootlegger, is played at a moderate tempo, as is "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)," with the bandmembers concentrating on their ensemble playing as impressive models of economical picking, although Benson solos and...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
The Grascals pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show with an EP that presents Grascal interpretations of the music played on the show by the Darling Boys, a fictional band played by the Dillards, who were one of the first bluegrass bands to appeal to rockers and hippies. New member Kristen Scott Benson handles the banjo duties and wisely doesn't try to match Doug Darling/Dillard's supersonic picking style. "Dooley," a song about a mountain bootlegger, is played at a moderate tempo, as is "Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer)," with the bandmembers concentrating on their ensemble playing as impressive models of economical picking, although Benson solos and Jeremy Abshire's Bob Wills-style fiddling highlights their arrangement of the tune. The country gospel standard "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" is given a fervent reading with sanctified three-part harmonies supplied by Terry Eldredge, Terry Smith, and Danny Roberts. "Boil Them Cabbage Down" is taken at a faster tempo and showcases Benson's banjo, Roberts on mandolin, and Abshire's fiddle. The EP closes with two originals. "Mayberry's Finest Theme" is a sort of ditty that sings the praises of Aunt Bee's cooking, while "Boy, Giraffes Are Selfish" has a lyric that's based on a tagline from an episode of the show.
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  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583408027
  • Catalog Number: 26514

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Performance Credits
The Grascals Primary Artist
Terry Eldredge Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Terry Smith Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Jamie Johnson Vocals, Group Member
Danny Roberts Mandolin, Vocals, Group Member
Kristin Scott Benson Banjo, Group Member
Jeremy Abshire Fiddle, Group Member
Technical Credits
The Grascals Producer
Patrick Murphy Engineer
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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    EP is a good conceptual idea, but it left me wanting more

    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

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