Nashville, TN --- Danny Roberts, mandolin player extraordinaire for bluegrass music's The Grascals, made his television debut this week. Roberts appears in the hit series ‘Nashville’ as a member of the “Rayna James” band. His first appearance is in an episode entitled “Hit The Road.” Roberts is unsure of just how many episodes he may appear in, but he’s taped several segments. In one scene, he plays the bouzouki on a duet by characters Rayna and Juliette. He also plays guitar and sings backup for some upcoming episodes. Although he’s not yet had a speaking role, Danny has filmed a few "non-musician" scenes as well.
“It is really cool to get to see another side of the entertainment world and I am very fortunate to have a small part in this hot new series,” Roberts says. “I will be playing a member of the Rayna James band and it’s given me a completely new outlook on what actors do. These are some very talented and hardworking folks.”
‘Nashville’ airs on ABC and stars Connie Britton as Country star Rayna, and Hayden Panettiere as rival Juliette Barnes. “I am enjoying every minute of this opportunity,” Roberts says, “and I hope to continue on with “Nashville” as long as possible --- as long as it doesn’t interfere with The Grascals!”
The multi-award winning Grascals are nominated for Best Bluegrass Album in the 55th annual Grammy Awards for their album Life Finds a Way (Mountain Home Music). The Grammy Awards air on CBS on February 10th.
It’s a coast-to-coast week for The Grascals who performed in Washington D.C. on Monday as part of the Inaugural events. The band played at the Native Nations Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Founding member, Jamie Johnson, is a member of the Chippewa tribe.
Be sure and catch Bluegrass power-pickers, The Grascals are headed to NBC’s Burbank Studios for their Tonight Show debut on Friday, January 25th. The band will perform “Mystery Train” from their Grammy-nominated album Life Finds a Way. Join host Jay Leno with The Grascals as musical guest this Friday, 1/25/13. The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. Eastern / 10:35 p.m. Central.