The Best of Bluegrass Music Top Acts to Watch Out for

The Best of Bluegrass Music Top Acts to Watch Out for

The Best of Bluegrass Music – Top Acts to Watch Out for

If you want a crash course on the best of bluegrass music then here are a couple of names you should check out in your favorite record outlet or website.

Bill Monroe

Here’s the guy who started it all. When you want to learn about anything, it’s always a good step to find out where it started and with bluegrass music, all roads will certainly lead to the Kentucky home of Bill Monroe. Considering how his mother, uncle, and siblings had a concrete love for music, it’s not much of a surprise that Monroe had started performing at an early age.

Although the popularity of bluegrass rose and waned throughout Monroe’s career, he never stopped playing and had even founded his own festivals to preserve the heritage and legacy of bluegrass music.

Tony Rice

What Bill Monroe was to mandolin in bluegrass is probably what Tony Monroe is to the acoustic guitar in bluegrass music. Ask any up-and-coming bluegrass guitarist about his influence and he’s sure to mention Rice’s name as one of his idols. Beside his impressive solos, Rice is also known for his just as impressive collaborations with Norman Blake and David Grisman.

The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Prior to Carter Stanley’s demise in 1966, Ralph and Carter Stanley had always performed together and, later on, with the Clinch Mountain Boys. While following the footsteps of their mentor, Bill Monroe, the group also made sure they were known for their own distinct style of music and after over 2 dozen of changing members in the Clinch Mountain Boys, the group was finally inducted in 1992 into the IBM Hall of Honor.

The Country Gentlemen

This famous group once counted the likes of Eddie Adcock, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, and Doyle Lawson among its members. Today, the Country Gentlemen continues to play a wonderful mixture of classic and modern bluegrass music that never fails to strike a chord in their fans’ hearts.

Hazel Dickens

Although not as famous as Rhonda Vincent – at least not yet – Hazel Dickens is steadily making a name for herself in the bluegrass scene. She is best known for her astounding vocals and guitar virtuosity. Her performances have been likened to those of Kitty Wells and Woody Guthrie.

Jerry Douglas

Another solo act to watch out for – but this time male – is that of Jerry Douglas. His musical career was expansive, having worked with various popular bluegrass acts such as J.D. Crowe and the New South and Country Gentlemen, before joining his current band, Union Station, which is headed by country and bluegrass sensation Alison Krauss.

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Mary Ann September 16, 2010 at 6:46 am

Best living Mando Player? Ronnie MCCoury, Chris Thile,Sam Bush,Mike Marshall,David Grisman? Who’s your pick?

Mary Ann September 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

Anybody Remember Homer and Jethro?

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