The Grascals bring driving bluegrass energy to “Pull The Trigger”

Article Contributed by Mountain Home … | Published on Saturday, April 20, 2024

After a moody meditation on addiction (“I Go”) and a sweetly hopeful ode to lifelong love (“Just Let Me Know”), bluegrass stalwarts The Grascals are back with an energetic portrait of a lovelorn man who just can’t get the woman he’s wooing to reciprocate his feelings.

“I had the idea a few years back to write a song about Cupid,” recalls singer, guitarist and songwriter Jamie Johnson. “Except instead of using arrows, this time he would use a love gun. I took this thought to a writing session with the great Shawn Camp and we sat down and tossed ideas back and forth until we had penned ‘Pull The Trigger.’ We put The Grascals’ sauce on it in the studio, and voila!"

Starting off with a taut rhythm, “Pull The Trigger” dishes up three verses depicting its protagonist’s increasing frustration over beds of ensemble downbeats that release into a driving bluegrass feel as each ends. Accompanied by guitarist John Bryan’s soaring harmonies, Johnson delivers the chorus:

I keep praying you’ll fall for me before too long, hun
but if Cupid don’t shoot you down here pretty soon
I guess I’ll have to load up my old love gun
and I’m gonna pull the trigger on you

with a wry tone that’s simultaneously desperate and self-aware, culminating in the final verse’s confession:

I ain’t worth nothing in this whole wide world
If I can’t be your heart’s desire

“When Jamie sent ‘Pull The Trigger’ for us to listen to when we were picking songs for the new album, it hit me immediately that it would be a really good song for us to record,” says Grascals mandolinist and fellow founding member, Danny Roberts. “It has a completely different feel from anything that we’ve done before yet not straying too far from our sound. The lyrics and music are a lot of fun and we are ‘aiming’ for this to be a new crowd favorite!”

"Pull The Trigger" is streaming in Dolby Atmos spatial audio on Apple Music, Amazon Music and TIDAL. Listen to it HERE.