Keep On Walkin’ – The Grascals
If Dolly Parton takes you under her wing, you must be pretty darn good. The Grascals, one of the most beloved and revered contemporary bluegrass groups today, reach new levels of power and confidence with their third album, Keep On Walkin’. The band’s trademark blend of traditional bluegrass and classic country with modern elements has been further strengthened and refined by near-endless touring and is showcased on an impeccable selection of songs highlighting both their freewheeling, infectious side and a more introspective perspective.
The trio of Terry Eldredge, Jamie Johnson and Terry Smith is tighter than ever, cutting loose on driving solo vocals and soaring trios with equal fire and passion. The two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year winners display their talent on “Indiana,” “Choices” and “Today I Started Loving You Again.” The band’s combination of country and bluegrass has even the most prolific country stars singing their praises, including Dierks Bentley, who declares, “Excellent songwriting, incredible musicianship and a band tightness that only comes from extensive touring makes this third Grascals record my new favorite.” B+
Julianne Hough – Julianne Hough
She can’t buy a beer, but she sure can sing – and dance, too. Provo, Utah, native Julianne Hough, 20, rose to fame as the two-time professional dance champion on ABC’s top-rated