GrascalsThe Grascals explore the dark side of love with their newest radio release, “Sleepin’ With The Reaper.”  The track, the first single from their upcoming September 1 album, Before Breakfast (Mountain Home Music Company), premieres today on Roughstock.  Radio can access the tune via AirPlay Direct, and fans who pre-order the music here will receive “Sleepin’ With The Reaper” as an instant “grat track.”  Nashville area concert-goers can catch the award-winning band at the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night.
Written by hitmakers Grant Williams and Becky Buller, the song is the first collaboration for the two.  Notes Buller, “Grant had the idea to write something around the old saying ‘We don’t believe in divorce … murder, maybe … but never divorce’ and it just took off from there.  The Grascals liked the creepy little tune and made it sound so fine.”  Creepy it is – taking the listener from “I do” to “I don’t” in three short minutes … but it is saved from pure melancholy by John Bryan’s urgent vocal, a fast-moving track and the group’s superb picking.
With the echo of I do still ringing in my ears
She said you need to know what I believe
I’m a Christian woman, now you’re a married man
Death is the only way to leave
She said I don’t intend to let you tell a lie
You crossed your heart and hoped to die
One way or the other, who’s it gonna be tonight
Will you be sleeping with the reaper or me, tonight?
Sleeping with the reaper or me?  Buller/Williams
“Sleepin’ With The Reaper” kicks off Before Breakfast and, while it’s a departure for the group, it’s a natural fit as the band continues to develop and meld organically.   This is the second album for this configuration of The Grascals and their growing closeness is obvious.  The current group features founders Terry Eldredge (lead vocals, guitar), Terry Smith (lead vocals, bass) and Danny Roberts (mandolin), plus fiddler Adam Haynes, John Bryan (lead vocals/guitar), and banjo ace Kristin Scott Benson, 2017 IBMA nominee for Instrumental Performance of the Year and Banjo Player of the Year.