An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass stopped by the Blue Plate stage before their recent gig at Scruffy City Hall. Chris is a veteran “grasser,” but has been influenced by all kinds of music, including rock, Celtic, rap, and hip-hop.

He calls his new band Hardcore Grass because of the intensity with which they perform his music – described as a kind of “white-knuckle, bite the cap off the coke bottle grit.”

The band members here are:
Chris Henry – Mandolin
Brent Lamons – Banjo
Pat Hoeper – Fiddle
Brad Benge – Bass
Merle Johnson – Guitar

Find out more about Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass at

This selection is a “Traditional” bluegrass song that Chris wrote called Walking West To Memphis, which was nominated for the 2011 IBMA and SPGBMA Song of the Year. Chris’s song didn’t win, but the album that it appeared on, Help My Brother, by the Gibson Brothers, did win Album of the Year.

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