The Grascals – Last Train To Clarksville

by | 24 Jun, 2010

News from Rounder Records is that Two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, The Grascals (, have invited country radio to jump on board their latest release, Last Train To Clarksville. The invitation was delivered to programmers via CDX Vol. 501.

The single is a proven winner; the driving up-tempo song was a smash for The Monkees in 1966. On the new version, Eldredge, Johnson, Smith’s three-part harmonies  run throughout the track, creating a literal wall of sound. The Grascals juice things up with Kristin Scott Benson’s banjo and Jeremy Abshire’s  fiddle work. Terry Eldredge keeps the track moving with fast guitar work, while Terry Smith on bass and Danny Roberts on mandolin round out the group’s signature sound.

We all were familiar with this song, and it was a blast to record.  We put a little grass and a little bit of country in it – Jamie Johnson, The Grascals.

Last Train To Clarksville is from their most recent CD, the critically-acclaimed The Famous Lefty Flynn’s on Rounder Records.

Pre-production is currently underway for a video to accompany the new release, and filming on the project begins later this month. The single is already attracting a legion of devoted bluegrass fans, debuting at #20 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Chart, while The Famous Lefty Flynn’s enters at #4.

Last Train To Clarksville is only the third single that the group has released to country radio. The hugely-popular Viva Las Vegas (with special guest Dolly Parton) debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Singles Sales Chart in 2004 and spent over a year in the Top 10.