Throughout the past eight decades of bluegrass music, each era of the genre has been marked with a certain kind of standout act; not in terms of popularity or radio airplay, but based on the amount of other world-class musicians hanging out at this one group’s shows on their off nights. From the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs to the Bluegrass Album Band and, New Grass Revival, there’s always one band of players’ players out there dropping the jaws of their contemporaries. For the past five years, the guilty party has been found on Monday nights at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge in Madison, Tennessee; East Nash Grass.
Dobro legend Jerry Douglas calls East Nash Grass a band of ringers and states that the sound they make when they play together rivals that of any of their main gigs. Every member is an accomplished professional in their own right on the road with national touring acts, and each would be a featured musician in any band. With James Kee on guitar, Cory Walker on banjo, Harry Clark on mandolin, Gaven Largent on dobro, Maddie Denton on fiddle, and Jeff Picker on bass, East Nash Grass is a band of all-stars, without question. But unlike many all-star bands that come together for one album or concert, East Nash Grass is a band in the true sense. Each member contributes their energy and their creative work to the group; the sum of which is miraculously greater than its parts.
Today, The Bluegrass Situation shared Magic City Grey from their upcoming album Last Chance To Win cwhich is due for release on August 18th.
When our buddy Christian Ward and Cory’s brother Jarrod Walker wrote this one, we couldn’t help but think of our beautiful home of Madison. Magic City Grey might be about the Magic City of Birmingham, Alabama, but it was written in Madison. Madison is Magic City to us, and we love the song – Maddie Denton.
East Nash Grass is hitting the road this summer, with dates including a stop at their hometown bucket-list venue, the Ryman Auditorium. Find a full list of tour dates below or at eastnashgrass.com/tour.
Last Chance To Win Tracklist:
|Last Chance to Win
I Almost Told Her
East Due West Blues
Papa’s on the Housetop
How Could I Love Her So Much
|When You Come Home
Magic City Grey
Love Slippin’ Away
Railroadin’ & Gamblin’
Catch East Nash Grass On Tour:
|Jun 17 – Grass Valley, CA – Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Jun 18 – Grass Valley, CA – Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Jun 21 – Morehead, KY – Rudy Fest
Jun 22 – Nashville, TN – Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman
Jun 30 – Smithville, TN – Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree
Jul 1 – Smithville, TN – Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree
Jul 21 – Paragould, AR – Big Grass Bluegrass Festival
Aug 11 – Goshen, CT – Podunk Bluegrass Festival
|Augt 31 – Brunswick, ME – Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Sep 1 – Brunswick, ME – Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Sep 9 – Hendersonville, TN – Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival
Sep 15 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pickin’ In The Pines
Sep 16 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pickin’ In The Pines
Oct 27 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
Oct28 – Chattanooga, TN – Barrelhouse Ballroom
Novr 3 – Hope, AR – Hempstead Hall – U of A Hope
For more information, please visit their website.
Here is a video of their current radio single Railroadin’ & Gambling
More About East Nash Grass:
Forged in the boiling cauldron of Madison, TN—behold East Nash Grass. Begin with the ardent power of Harry Clark’s mandolin chop, steadily bounding forward like a locomotive engine on the Arkansas Southern. Add the silky voice of James Kee, whirring effortlessly through the mountains of East Tennessee. Sprinkle a few dashes of Cory Walker’s traditional banjo rolls, morphing with ease into a face-melting flurry of harmonic ferocity. Stir to combine. As the pot boils, we work in Gaven Largent; a dobro-wielding wolf-man with the voice of a mountain bluebird and a great hat collection. And don’t forget a hearty dose of industrial strength fiddle tempest from the molten bow of Maddie Denton. Almost ready! To finish it off, we add Jeff Picker— caressing the bass, surveying the scene, steadfastly navigating the crew through the storm to calm waters. Now you’re ready to serve “Last Chance to Win”: the latest album from East Nash Grass. Available everywhere Fall 2023.