The Grascals' Terry Smith says that playing on Hank Williams Jr.'s Rowdy Friends tour is all about starting a party and asking others to jump in.

While much has been made about the outlaw lineup on the tour -- which features a rotating roster including Gretchen Wilson, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson and Colt Ford -- other musicians including the Grascals aren't quite so ... well, rowdy. That translated into a bit of trepidation for the bluegrass band when considering those who'd be attending the shows.

"We were a little nervous. It's a bit of a different crowd," Terry Smith tells The Boot. "When we get out there we just try to present bluegrass as high energy. Our whole belief is that if we're having a great time we'll pull in the audience. It's really worked well."

Although the audiences on this tour arguably expect "outlaw" music, Terry says the Grascals' set list, which includes fan favorites such as their take on the Monkees' 'Last Train to Clarksville and the old-time classic, 'Sally Goodin' have been well-received, and the other musicians on the tour have warmly welcomed the Grascals into the "Rowdy" club, too.

"There's a whole camaraderie," he says. "It's not near as wild as I thought it'd be, but I'm still looking over my shoulder the whole time [waiting for a prank to be played]. So far it hasn't happened, yet but the vibe is definitely there."

The real excitement on the tour, though, is when Hank Jr. plays.


"It's really a wonderful tour. He's like his dad (Hank Williams), Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, too," says Terry. "There's nobody else like him. Those type of performers are becoming rarer and rarer. Anybody who can get out and see him should do that. He's got a light that will not be replaced."
The Rowdy Friends tour continues this weekend in Southaven, Miss. (October 15) and Biloxi, Miss. (on October 16). For a complete list of dates and cities, check here.