Cutting-edge modern bluegrass sound

By: Jay Armsworthy

Hughesville— October 16, 2019 —the 15th year of the Bluegrass concerts at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD, continues on Sunday, November 3 with The Grascals.  Host and promoter, Jay Armsworthy has put together a series of some of the top names in Bluegrass music.  Partnering with the Sons of the American Legion, the Legion Post 238 is located on the corner of MD Rt. 381 & 231 in Hughesville, MD.  Doors open at Noon and the show starts at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $20.00 per person and children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.  

The Grascals is a group of talented musicians that not only formed as a band but formed a bond of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years.  To date, they have 10 recordings and 6 other collaborations with other artists.  

Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with deep knowledge and admiration for the music’s founding fathers. The Grascals make music that has a unique sound that has earned them three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainers of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  They also received national media attention with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk, as well as 200 performances on the Grand Ole Opry.  Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.

As their records prove, The Grascals’ musical empathy gives them an ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take, for instance, a fan favorite, “Last Train to Clarksville.” Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Monkees classic, respond in-kind, not even realizing that the song has been Grascalized.  

And Grascalized is how they will present their cutting-edge modern bluegrass sound on Sunday, November 3 at the American Legion in Hughesville, MD.  The show starts at 2:00 pm and the doors open at Noon.  Tickets are $20.00 per person.  There will be food and beverages available for a separate price.  

To order tickets in advance, send a check or money order to Jay Armsworthy, P.O. Box 741, California, MD 20619.  Tickets will be held at the door.  Although not required, non-perishable food donations are accepted for the Helping Hands Food Pantry.  For more information, go to or call 301-737-3004.

The next shows in the series will be: December 1, 2019 ~ the Larry Stephenson Band; January 19, 2020 ~ Carolina Blue; February 16, 2020 ~ Returning again with his traditional sound, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers; March 22, 2020 ~ The Bluegrass group of side pickers, Sideline; and April 5, 2020 ~ Closing out the series is a fairly new group, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...