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HIGHLIGHTS

November 2015
"The Old School Road " (single) reaches #1 and the CD is #2 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national survey.

January 2014

"The Mountains My Baby And Me" (single) selected by Bluegrass Unlimited as the 3rd
best song of 2013.

January 2014
"The Mountains My Baby And Me" (single) selected by Bluegrass Today as the 15th best song of 2013.

* * May 2013 * *
"The Mountains My Baby And Me" (single) is #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national survey for the third consecutive month. CD is #3.

* * April 2013 * *
"The Mountains My Baby And Me" (single) is #1 and the CD is #2 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national survey for the second consecutive month.

* * March 2013 * *
"The Mountains My Baby And Me" (single) is #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national survey. It is also #1 on the Bluegrass Today monthly airplay chart for the second consecutive month, making it only the second song in the history of the chart to be in the top spot for two consecutive months. The CD is #2 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national survey.

* * February 2013 * *
"The Mountains My Baby And Me" (single) hits #1 on the Bluegrass Today monthly airplay chart and #2 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national survey.

* * January 2013 * *
Single, "The Mountains My Baby And Me", hits #1 on the Bluegrass Today weekly chart.

November 2012
Single, "The Mountains My Baby And Me", debuts at #30 on the November 2012 Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

April 2011
Appeared on the cover and was the focus of a feature article of Bluegrass Unlimited

January 2011
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", is
the #3 song in bluegrass music
for 2010, according to Bluegrass
Unlimited


December 2010
Russell nominated for 2011 SPBGMA "Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year"

* * August 2010 * *
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", is #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart for the third straight month and #1 on the BMP Top 30 national chart for the 4th month in 2010 (Feb, May, July, & August); CD is #4

* * August 2010 * *
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", is recognized as an "International Top 10" by the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA)

* * July 2010 * *
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", is #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart for the second straight month and #1 on the BMP Top 30 national chart for the 3rd time in 2010(Feb, May, & July)

* * June 2010 * *
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", reaches #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

* * May 2010 * *
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", rebounds back to #1 on the BMP Top 30 national chart

* * February 2010 * *
Single, "A Good Way To Get The Blues", reaches #1 on the BMP Top 30 national chart

October 2008
Provided background music for 2008 NC State Fair radio and TV commercial

January 2008
Tim Woodall nominated for SPBGMA 2008 "Bluegrass DJ of the Year"

October 2007
Showcase artist at 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN

April 2007
Two singles, "Pill or Potion" and "Home To Carolina", in top 20 on Bluegrass Unlimited national chart; CD, Home To Carolina, one of top 5 albums

April 2007
Sixth consecutive year with a song or CD on Bluegrass Unlimited nation chart

January 2007
Single, "Pill or Potion", enters Bluegrass Unlimited national chart at #28

December 2006
CD, Home To Carolina, gets 4 out of 4 stars from Raleigh News & Observer

August 2005
Selected as "Band of the Month" by the Triangle's Independent Weekly Magazine

Early 2005

Single, “Your Only Friend”, reaches #7 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

October 2004

Appear in concert at the NC State Fair with Rhonda Vincent and Ralph Stanley

September 2004
Single, “Your Only Friend”, debuts on Bluegrass Unlimited national chart at #29

July 2004
CD, Desperate Times, reaches #6 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

June 2004
CD Desperate Times debuts on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

January 2004
Russell nominated for "Songwriter of the Year" at the 29th Annual SPBGMA National Awards

July 2003
Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Bluegrass Music's premier publication, features The GRASS CATS on the cover and in a 3 page feature article

May/June 2003
CMT (Country Music Today) magazine, Nashville, TN's premier Country Music magazine, gives a positive review of the CD, The Blues Are Back in Town

* * May 2003 * *
Single, “Bluegrass Man”, remains at #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart for a second month

* * April 2003 * *
Single, “Bluegrass Man”, reaches # 1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart after a 9 month climb

January 2003
County Sales, the nation's premier Bluegrass Music distribution company, “Best of the Year 2002” selects the The GRASS CATS' The Blues Are Back In Town as the #5 Best Bluegrass Recording (New Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass)

October 2002
CD, The Blues Are Back In Town, debuts on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

August 2002
Single, “Bluegrass Man”, debuts on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart

November 2000
Rhonda Vincent and Mark Newton land a # 10 single on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart with “We Can’t Go Wrong”, written by The GRASS CATS

August/September 1999
Crossroads Magazine gives a positive review of the CD, Cattin’ Around

1999
First CD, Cattin’ Around, released

Formed in 1997
  QUOTES ABOUT THE BAND

"The GRASS CATS are without a doubt one of the finest bluegrass bands anywhere to be found. Their harmonies, musicianship and sense of humor won over our audience from the start. The GRASS CATS make fans out of people who didn't even think they liked bluegrass."
Robert Poole, Louisburg College Auditorium


"The people in eastern North Carolina know, and LOVE, Bluegrass music. Our performance brought in the passionate fans, as well as our season ticket holders, many had never attended a bluegrass concert. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, left happy! The GRASS CATS are extraordinary musicians! If that weren’t enough, they brought in great humor, variety, and a show that brought the audience to their feet. We will have them back !"
Sheila Martin, Dunn Center at NC Wesleyan College


“The GRASS CATS are a fan favorite ranking high on guest feedback. A real crowd pleaser!”
Kris Ziegler & Barb Krumm, Ocean Lakes Premier Bluegrass Weekend


In addition to sounding good in the studio, The GRASS CATS consistently deliver top rate live performances to capacity crowds at PineCone sponsored events. They are a sure bet for a good time to be had by all."
William Lewis, PineCone


"The GRASS CATS are consummate professionals.  Our crowd thoroughly enjoyed the music and humor on stage.  They made themselves available to the crowd both during intermission and after the concert.  They also received the first standing ovation and curtain call of our summer concert series.  We would love to have them back again in the future."
Tara Gallagher, Garner Parks & Recreation


"We certainly enjoyed having "them good-lookin' GRASS CATS" performing at the MelFest Bluegrass Festival at White Lake, NC in June. Yep!! They're coming back again next year (5/30 and 5/31). We can hardly wait!!"
James & Becky Melvin, MelFest Bluegrass Festival promoters


"The GRASS CATS were a big hit at our event! I would definitely hire them again."
Jane Thurman, Withers & Ravenel Engineering


"I knew in advance your band's show would be starwart, and it was more than that! Your stage presence is poised and humorous, and you gave our audience an abundance of original, traditional, and cross-over tunes that had them saying to one another and me, "Now, who are these guys?...they're excellent....be sure you bring them back!"
Davis Tracy, Bluegrass On The Grass @ Dickinson College


"An amazing live band and a lot of fun. They had everyone at our wedding dancing and helped to make it a very memoriable night. An all around great band!!"
Pauline Shipley, wedding reception


"The GRASS CATS keep topping their previous projects with every release. Featuring a variety of lead vocals, the CATS show their versatility. No weak cuts here - you'll want to listen to this one repeatedly.  Definitely a winner!"
Bob Webster, bluegrasscountry.org


"From the old classics to their own hits, The GRASS CATS bring with them an energy level and a show that is second to none. When they play..... if you aren't moving, then you aren't breathing!"
Waverly Barnes, AgriSupply


"The GRASS CATS have set the mark very high for other musicians in Eastern NC with their polished presentation of bluegrass both old and new. Each member has a thorough knowledge of the roots of the music. They also understand how these roots can break new ground and lead to new beginnings. Their time on stage will have you wondering how they could have reached this journeyman level in so few years. Their arrangement of the old standards is flawless and although you know their original music was indeed written by someone, it gives the illusion of being dropped whole, like a perfect snowflake from out of the ether. From Russell Johnson’s high-lonesome voice to Tim Woodall’s driving banjo breaks and all points in between, this band is certainly one to be reckoned with in the future of bluegrass music in North Carolina. Just as roots push through material as strong as concrete and maintain their sustenance in their constant push towards the sky, this group will push you to a new appreciation of the bluegrass. They have consistently been one of the most requested groups on The Good-Tyme Bluegrass Show since we first gave their music a spin a few years back. If you like your bluegrass with drive, buckle up your seat belt and hold on tight while the CATS make your motor purr. "
Bob Barden, WFSS Radio DJ


"It is always a pleasure to work with The GRASS CATS. They are so professional and always a big hit at our events."
Amy Hutchinson, WakeMed


"The GRASS CATS are hands down the best bluegrass band you'll hear in Raleigh. They're fun, funny, and super talented. We can't wait to see them
again!"
Andrea Taggart, Scott's Mill Homeowners Assoc.


"The GRASS CATS are one of the best bluegrass bands in North Carolina. Their smooth harmony and excellent picking make for good entertainment. We are proud to have them perform at the Kinston Winter Bluegrass Festival every year. They are a crowd favorite."
Carol and Anita Tyndall, Kinston Winter Bluegrass Festival


"We'd all heard in Fountain how good The GRASS CATS were, but they were better than we'd imagined. Great talent & delivery and a wonderful show for our family crowd."
Alex Albright, R.A. Fountain General Store


"Here in the mountains, we really know bluegrass, and The GRASS CATS really deliver."
Rebecca Lamb, UNC Asheville staff


"The GRASS CATS are consummate professionals ... "
Mike Parker, Kinston Free Press


"Thank you GRASS CATS for making our 31st Stokes Stomp Festival the best ever. We will definitely have you back!!"
Eddy McGee, Stokes County Arts Council


"The GRASS CATS were a perfect addition to our Bluegrass Fest. They brought great energy to the stage, mastering the classics and effortlessly proving the bluegrass genre is limitless by surprising the audience over and over again with fresh approaches to old favorites. Their musical talent is unsurpassed and their professionalism made them a delight to work with. Great vocalists, master musicians, The GRASS CATS are the full package. Everyone is requesting them back next season!"
Regan Jones, Davie County Arts Council


"The GRASS CATS put the "blue" back in grass. They carry on the tradition and break new ground equally as well!"
Jack Rollins, Fairview Greenhouse & Garden Center


"Thank you all so very much for your happy and well performed music. How can people not feel good when they hear your music? We hope to hear you again soon."
Steve Williams, Oriental Harbor and Marina


"The GRASS CATS put on a fantastic show, the music and energy level was amazing and our event would not have been as successful without them! I would recommend them for all occasions and venues. Thank you so much GRASS CATS we had a wonderful time!"
Clea Morwick, Price Modern LLC