As blue as grass can get


You may live to be 90, but there are some things that remain etched in your mind. For

Grascals guitarist-cum-vocalist Terry Eldredge and others who were lucky enough to be around in the black 'n' white days, it is a sitcom musical called The Andy Griffith Show, televised by CBS between 1960 and 1968. On March 29, 2011, as America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the once-popular western comedy, the band came out with a tribute of its own — a down-to-the-roots bluegrass country album called Dance 'Til Your Stockings Are Hot And Ravelin.

Featuring seven tunes that were an integral and humorous part of the show's eight-year run and an original composition in Boy, Giraffes are Selfish, it brings alive all the characters that once caught a nation's fancy — sensible sheriff Andy Griffith, the inept but well-meaning deputy Barney Fife, loving housekeeper Aunt Bee and every resident of the fictional-yet-unforgettable town of Mayberry.

The moment the album bursts into song with Dooley, a tune that chronicles the life and death of a bootlegger, you realise that these guys are no amateurs. They have ridden with the best in country (read Dolly Parton), and though a Grammy hasn't come their way yet, they did get awfully close on a couple of occasions.

With Boil them cabbage down, an enhanced rendition of a popular American folk song that was earlier covered by artistes such as Woody Guthrie, the Grascals step on the gas — strumming ruthlessly onto their fiddles and mandolins to take the tempo up by a significant notch. Stay all night , a swing dance tune written by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan, keeps the dance mood going with its nonsensical-yet-catchy descriptions of slop buckets falling from the window to donkeys getting sick on ice cream.

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