Album Review of
Before Breakfast

Written by Mark Gallo
August 24, 2017 - 12:00am EDT
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“It was a crime of passion/committed with few words/in a little white church/in the middle of the night.” So begins this energized outing from the three time Grammy nominated Grascals. The sextet are exceptional musicians, have an ear for superb songwriters, and mesh like a well-oiled corn liquor machine. Lead vocals are shared by John Bryan and Terry Eldredge, both of whom are exceptional singers. Bryan plays guitar and some clawhammer banjo, Eldredge plays guitar, Adam Haynes is the fiddler, Danny Roberts, mandolin, Kristin Scott Bensen is banjoist and guitarist, Terry Smith is the bassist and Jon Creasman plays drums on a few numbers. In addition to that gorgeous opener, the standouts are “Delia,” with nice harmonies and superb clawhammer, mandolin, fiddle and guitar, Elderidge’s lead vocal on the humorous “Beer Tree,” Webb Pierce’s “Pathway to Teardrops on which three-part harmonies rule, the instrumental burner, “Lynchburg Chicken Run” and the Flatt and Scruggs classic, ‘He Took Your Place.” But, really, everything here is recommended. Superb.