Daniel Grindstaff Interview
By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Daniel Grindstaff is an accomplished musician who is considered to be among the elite of today’s banjo players. A native of East Tennessee, he has performed across the United States and Canada with some of the best in bluegrass, acoustic, and country music. Daniel began his professional music career at the young age of 18, performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, with bluegrass legends Jim and Jesse McReynolds. At the age of 21, Daniel was not only performing with McReynolds but had also been called upon to take the stage with the legendary Osborne Brothers, longtime members of the Grand Ole Opry and best known for their familiar hit and Tennessee state song “Rocky Top.” In the fall of 2006, Daniel began touring with Grammy Award winning artist, Marty Raybon. For the next five years Daniel remained an important part of Raybon’s studio recordings and concerts.
With a musical career that covers hundreds of appearances on the coveted stage of the Grand Ole Opry, national television’s Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends,” Smithsonian Folklife Festival, CMA Music Fest in Nashville, hundreds of live concerts, and many studio recordings, Daniel Grindstaff’s musical career and accomplishments speak for themselves. Building on past accomplishments, Grindstaff moves forward creating his own path with the upcoming “Heroes & Friends” album on Bonfire Music.