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Dr. Ralph Stanley has always maintained that his music was “just mountain music.”  A few weeks ago, I posted a video of me playing Wildwood Flower on Facebook;  it has followed me through my childhood and is a joy to play.  But what was most interesting was when one of my friends from outside the United States asked if “this is Country Music?”  It stopped me cold.  Then, I linked her up with a bunch of artists showing the difference between what I was playing, and what the Nashville hierarchy determines country music to be. READ MORE »

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Bill Monroe and the Mandolin

January 14, 2011 bill monroe

Bill Monroe is the King of Bluegrass, and the premier Bluegrass mandolinist. No evidence exists to support claims that Monroe ever played fiddle. His use of a Gibson Lloyd Loar starting in 1943 helped him popularize and develop Bluegrass 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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Where to Buy Bluegrass Music

August 23, 2010 bluegrass music

If you want to buy bluegrass music to enrich your knowledge prior to attending a bluegrass festival, there are several ways to go about it. Record Outlets Most record outlets do carry a healthy selection of bluegrass music although if you’re unlucky enough to have a too-young attendant tasked to help you out, you might […]

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Appreciating Classic Bluegrass Music

August 21, 2010 bluegrass music

Bluegrass music draws its roots all the way back to mountain or country music, both of which were apt names for a genre that mostly developed from small towns, villages, and other rural regions. Besides country music, traditional or folk themes were also large influences on classic bluegrass artists. In order to fully appreciate the […]

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