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The Famous Lefty Flynn's

The Famous Lefty Flynn's

by The Grascals The Grascals


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The Grascals' core -- lead vocalist, fiddler, and mandolin player Jamie Johnson, guitarist Terry Eldredge, bass and guitar player Terry Smith, and guitar and mandolin player Danny Roberts -- all knew each other as polished sidemen and formed the Grascals to step out front and grab some of the limelight themselves. When Dolly Parton heard the band laying down tracks for their self-titled debut, she hired them to be her backing band. Her vocals on their first single, a bluegrass version of "Viva Las Vegas," helped the song debut at number three on the country charts and earned them an invitation to play the Grand Ol' Opry. The band continues to confound expectations on The Famous Lefty Flynn's by opening the album with a blazing cover of the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville." The track features tasty solos from the two new Grascals, Kristin Scott Benson, IMBA Banjo Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and fiddler Jeremy Abshire. More traditional cover tunes include the Osborne Brothers oldies "Son of a Sawmill Man" and "Up This Hill and Down." "Sawmill Man" is played at the same breakneck tempo that the Osbornes used with Benson, Danny Roberts and Abshire pulling out all the stops on their solos, while "Up This Hill" has a bluesy ragtime feel and the band's trademark harmonies. Hank Williams, Jr. contributes his rough and rowdy vocals to his dad's "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" to complement the band's three-part harmonies. The Grascals step out as songwriters with three solid originals. "Blue Rock Slide" starts out sounding like a traditional mountain tune, just banjo, mandolin, and fiddle playing high lonesome notes before the rest of the band comes in and kicks up the tempo. The title tune is a midtempo prison song full of wry humor, in which the Famous Lefty Flynn gives his cellmate a crash course in crime before he gets shot down during an escape attempt. Johnson's vocal on "My Baby's Waiting on the Other Side" is full of passion and yearning, and lifted to a state of grace by brilliant solos by Abshire, Benson, Eldredge, and Roberts.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661064126
catalogNumber: 610641
Rank: 118023


  1. Last Train to Clarksville
  2. Son of a Sawmill Man
  3. Satan and Grandma
  4. Everytime
  5. Out Comes the Sun
  6. Blue Rock Slide
  7. The Famous Lefty Flynn's
  8. My Baby's Waiting on the Other Side
  9. My Old Friend the Blues
  10. Up This Hill and Down
  11. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
  12. Give Me Jesus

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grascals   Primary Artist
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Terry Eldredge   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Hinson   Steel Guitar
Terry Smith   Vocals,Upright Bass,Group Member
Steve Turner   Drums
Hank Williams   Vocals
Jamie Johnson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Danny Roberts   Mandola,Group Member
Kristin Scott Benson   Banjo,Guitar,Group Member
Jeremy Abshire   Fiddle,Viola,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Pete Goble   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Bobby Osborne   Composer
Sonny Osborne   Liner Notes
Terry Smith   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Jon Weisberger   Liner Notes
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Jamie Johnson   Composer
Danny Roberts   Composer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Kristin Scott Benson   Composer
Grascals   Producer
Devon Guillery   Photo Illustration
Jeremy Abshire   Composer
Stephen Earle   Composer
Craig Monday   Composer
Morry Trent   Composer
Jeremy Montgomery Parsons   Composer
Richard Staedtler   Composer

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