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Grassahol is a five-piece, acoustic band from Central Ohio. The high-energy sounds of their music and their tight vocal harmonies make Grassahol fun to listen to. Their music is a mix of the old, the new and a full measure of original songs.

Their songs are a reflection of the many musical influences of the band members, themselves – bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues, jazz and even rock. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called their music, "original, contemporary bluegrass at its finest."

Grassahol is based in Columbus, Ohio and entertains audiences across Ohio and the Midwest, from community events to county fairs to multi-band festivals – general audiences – young and old – in the city or out of town.

Grassahol band members are professionals who have been around music for many years and have a real love of music and the bluegrass style as well as a love of sharing it with an audience. They would love for you to hear them play!

performing at the Ohio Statehouse


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General Photos Photos by Paul Molyneux at the Lancaster Friday Night Bandstand

Grassahol is available for booking for festivals, parties, and events in the Midwest as well as pub and restaurant appearances in the Central Ohio area. For complete booking information, contact:

Carl Yaffey
435 Walhalla Road
Columbus,OH 43202

(614) 268-6353


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February, 2005: Janet Shonebarger and Carl Yaffey begin talking about forming a band.
March, 2005: Janet, Dave Parsons, and Carl start practicing. Tentative band name: "Grassahol".
May, 2005: Name changed to "Heart of Grass" because Dave doesn't like alcohol reference in "Grassahol". Dave Erb tries out on mandolin.
July, 2005: Curtis Bailey joins the band and replaces Dave Erb. He plans to marry Janet. Name changed back to "Grassahol".
August, 2005: Heidi Haupt joins the band to play bass. She will use the name "Heidi White".
November, 2005: Grassahol plays for the Country Music Association benefit. First gig.
January, 2006: Stagecoach BBQ gig
January, 2006: Byrne's gig
March, 2006: Dick's Den
October, 2006: Curtis and Janet quit., Chas Williams and Buren Carter join the band. G2 lives! Web site becomes www.grassaholband.com
April, 2007 to July, 2007: Al Kofron plays mandolin in the band (G3).
September 2007: Scott joins (G4)
November 2007: We acquire the domain name grassahol.com
October 2008: We begin recording tracks for a new CD at Craig Markley's Lone Raven Studio.
July 2009
: The CD "Joy Shine" is released.
January 2012: Buren Carter retires and lacy Wright joins to play guitar.