The Grass Cats Celebrate Two Milestones in One Concert


The Grass Cats at Mac's TavernThis Thursday, May 7, The Grass Cats will celebrate the release of  The Old School Road, their ninth CD for New Time Records, and the 11th anniversary of their “Mac's Tavern first Thursday of the month show” at a CD release show and party at Mac’s Tavern in Cary. PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show co-host Tim Woodall is a founding member of The Grass Cats.

The Old School Road captures the band doing what it does best - and that is combining the finest qualities of traditional and contemporary bluegrass in well crafted original songs and thoughtfully chosen covers. The Cats continue to strike a chord with critics and fans alike with their unique sound. Since their start in 1997, the Cats have always approached their music with a dynamism and attention to detail that has resulted in a strong fan base and a catalog of exceptional critically acclaimed recordings - including five top 10 CDs, several charting songs and three number one singles. Now in their 18th year with close to 1,000 shows behind them, they continue their tradition of  presenting bluegrass in its highest form with the music from The Old School Road. Combining the songwriting of Russell Johnson, one of the music’s premier writers, and covers of songs from artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Paul Carrick, and Alan Jackson, The Old School Road is another stellar disc featuring a broad range of material, soulful vocals and dynamic instrumentation.

The Grass Cats started performing a free first Thursday of the month show at Mac’s Tavern soon after Mac's opened in April 2004.  One hundred and thirty-three shows later, the Grass Cats are celebrating the 11th anniversary of their first show at a special performance and party May 7. “I think it’s unusual for a band and venue to have this kind of success but it’s always worked out great for the band, our fans and the folks at Mac’s Tavern,” explains Johnson. “It’s something everyone looks forward to every month.”

The Grass Cats are five musicians with a musical story to tell:  the exceptional banjo of Rick Lafleur and sharp guitar playing of Alan Mullen, silky smooth harmonies of bassist Woodall and fiddler Chris Hill, and the soulful vocals of Johnson, who also plays mandolin.

The show and CD release party start at 7:30, Thursday, May 7.  It is free and outside on the patio if weather permits. Mac’s Tavern is located at 1014 Ryan Road in Cary, N.C. Please call 919-467- 4114 for more information and to reserve a table.

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