The Festival of the Bluegrass

August 30, 2010 bluegrass music

Surprisingly enough, the longest-running bluegrass festival in Kentucky hadn’t been started by a professional bluegrass band or even an organization. In June 1974, Bob and Jean Cornett, a bluegrass-loving couple who liked to listen to J.D. Crowe perform at the Martins, a North Lexington joint, decided to start their own festival by renting space from […]

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Del McCoury Band

August 28, 2010 bluegrass artists

Born in 1939 in Bakersville, North Carolina, Del McCoury is one of the most best known names in the field of bluegrass music. Today, McCoury performs as a part of his eponymously named band, which is made up of his pair of sons, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob McCoury (banjo). Del McCoury started his career with […]

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Earl Scruggs

August 28, 2010 bluegrass artists

Born January 6, 1924 in Shelby, North Carolina, Earl Scruggs is the only surviving member remaining from the Original Bluegrass Band, which was composed of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise, and Howard Watts (also known as Cedric Rainwater). Today, Scruggs is considered as a living legend for his unparalleled mastery of the banjo. Music […]

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The Best of Bluegrass Music Top Acts to Watch Out for

August 27, 2010 bluegrass music

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 […]

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The History of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

August 26, 2010 bill monroe

1938 was a year that closed a monumental chapter and opened a new one in the bluegrass scene. It was this year that the highly successful Monroe Bothers, composed of guitarist Charlie and mandolin-playing Bill Monroe, had broken up. It was also this year that Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys was born. Grand Ole […]

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