The Best Bluegrass Artists Today

The Best Bluegrass Artists Today

The Best Bluegrass Artists Today

If you’re wondering which bluegrass artists are heating up the stages these days then here’s a couple of solo acts and bands that you must absolutely watch out for.

J.D. Crowe & the New South

While Crowe’s name and his band’s may not be as commonly heard of as those of Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and Ralph Stanley, his contributions to bluegrass are just as significant. Crowe was only in his teenage years when he teamed up with Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys and began performing bluegrass music.

Today, Crowe and his band, The New South, is one of the most in demand acts in bluegrass festivals and events. Crowe is the recipient of various Grammy and IBMA awards as well as many other accolades.

Rhonda Vincent

Solo female performers are a minority in the bluegrass scene but Rhonda Vincent is a class of her own and virtually legendary. Her fame is such that Vincent’s performances are as sought after as the most established bluegrass bands. Besides her skills on the mandolin, Vincent is also known for producing fast and hard hitting tunes using the fiddle and guitar.

At the onset of her career, Vincent had been part of The Sally Mountain Show, which was composed of other members of her family before embarking on her solo career. At present, she has over a dozen albums under her belt and numerous awards from bluegrass organizations such as the SPBGMA and IBMA.

Ricky Skaggs

Every self-respecting bluegrass fan has heard of Ricky Skaggs, who is popularly referred to today as the Official Ambassador of Bluegrass Music.

Skaggs’ career began in the 1970’s when he became part of the prestigious J.D. Crowe and The New South and in which he played the mandolin and contributed to vocals. After more than two decades, Skaggs then moved on to setting up Skaggs Family Records which he used to produce his own album and one that established new defining standards for bluegrass music.

Seldom Scene

The band is made up of Lou Reid on mandolin, Ronnie Simpkins on bass, Fred Travers on Dobro, Dudley Connell on guitar, and Ben Eldridge on banjo and the only one who doesn’t contribute to vocals. If it’s a new flavor in bluegrass music that you’re looking for then you won’t be disappointed with the cutting-edge works that The Seldom Scene is best known for. Check out lineups of today’s most popular bluegrass events and see – and hear – for yourself the raw power of Seldom Scene’s music.

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William Riddle October 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

No Del McCoury?

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