Bluegrass crosses county lines
It seems that singing runs in the Grigsby family. Just recently, James Grigsby was featured as one of the top 25 finalists in the NBC Washington Voice contest and he is eagerly anticipating whether he was voted in as one of the final 4. Now, his brother Josh Grigsby is in the limelight. Josh, 32, a graduate of King George High School and a Westmoreland County resident, has formed his own local Bluegrass band and has been featured recently in local establishments.
Josh Grigsby and County Line Bluegrass Band played at Bobby K’s Roadside Cafe. They are scheduled for an encore on June 28.
Josh Grigsby and County Line is a natural extension of the Grigsby family musical background. Josh recollects that he has been “playing music all my life”. Even as a toddler, he would entertain his family with his singing. He and brother James played and sang together as they were growing up. Josh fondly remembers waking up on Sunday mornings to the tune of radio station 88.5, Stained Glass Bluegrass show. His father James “Bubby” Grigsby was a fan of Bluegrass and country music and Josh figures that is where his love of Bluegrass and country started.
Even though he has enjoyed singing for years, Josh admits that what really got him started was when he competed in the Colonial Beach Riverboat Idol in 2011 and won. He noted that this was “the first time I competed in public. I never thought of music as competition” before this. He followed this endeavor with WFLS country idol and made it to the top 25 the following year. He also won a karaoke competition in the Outer Banks while on his honeymoon last September.
Josh performs frequently at Donks Theater (Little Ole Opry) in Matthews. He started out in a competition there and is now a regular paid performer. He and his wife also sing at various local churches.