A New Release From Danniel Grindstaff – Finnland, Featuring Andy Leftwich.
Critically-acclaimed banjo extraordinaire Daniel Grindstaff just released his new single called Finnland, featuring Andy Leftwich. The must-hear instrumental is the latest release from the chart-topping musician’s upcoming project Heroes & Friends, coming in 2024 via Bonfire Music Group.
The full single is available for download and/or streaming on all digital platforms here.
I wrote ‘Finnland’ with the goal of representing my love for how a banjo and fiddle have paired together through the history of string music to what we now consider modern day Bluegrass. It’s an honour to have the great Andy Leftwich join in and bring his superb fiddle work to make this song what I envisioned while writing it. The title and upbeat tempo of ‘Finnland’ is inspired by the sweet, innocent spirit of my oldest boy, Finn. The intricate patterns between banjo and fiddle reflect the beautiful mind of his that’s always thinking, always spinning and always inspiring – Daniel Grindstaff.
It’s not very often you hear banjo/fiddle tunes in the key of B, but in this case, ‘Finnland’ offers a fun and exciting melody that makes for a perfect bluegrass instrumental! Backed by phenomenal players and a great arrangement, I’m honored to have the role playing fiddle on this one – Andy Leftwich.
The latest single is the follow-up to the previous number one hirt Forever Young. The reimagined version of Rod Stewart’s hit saw the East Tennessee native joined alongside Bluegrass mainstay Paul Brewster and the iconic Dolly Parton who both sang vocals. It would go on to become a staple at Bluegrass radio, topping the Bluegrass Today charts and receiving several accolades including being named WSM 650-AM radio’s Pick Of The Week in November.
With 2024 right around the corner, Grindstaff is looking to make it a monumental year. In addition to both Finnland and Forever Young being featured on the upcoming Heroes & Friends, it will also include the lead single Three Arrows. The full-length collection is inspired by the instrumentalists’ contemporaries and legendary friends he’s made over the years. Along the way Grindstaff has made hundreds of appearances at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and has many more surprises in store as the new year approaches!
To learn more about Daniel, check out his newly launched website.
About Daniel Grindstaff:
Daniel Grindstaff is an accomplished musician who is considered to be among the elite of today’s banjo players. A native of East Tennessee, he has performed across the United States and Canada with some of the best in bluegrass, acoustic, and country music. Daniel began his professional music career at the young age of 18, performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, with bluegrass legends Jim and Jesse McReynolds.
At the age of 21, Daniel was not only performing with McReynolds but had also been called upon to take the stage with the legendary Osborne Brothers, longtime members of the Grand Ole Opry and best known for their familiar hit and Tennessee state song “Rocky Top.” In the fall of 2006, Daniel began touring with Grammy Award winning artist, Marty Raybon. For the next five years Daniel remained an important part of Raybon’s studio recordings and concerts.
With a musical career that covers hundreds of appearances on the coveted stage of the Grand Ole Opry, national television’s Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends,” Smithsonian Folklife Festival, CMA Music Fest in Nashville, hundreds of live concerts, and many studio recordings, Daniel Grindstaff’s musical career and accomplishments speak for themselves. Building on past accomplishments, Grindstaff moves forward creating his own path with the upcoming “Heroes & Friends” album on Bonfire Music.