Month: January 2015

Bluegrass: A Definition

Bluegrass is so much more than just a genre of music. As outlined in the Introductions and in “High Lonesome,” Bluegrass music is the voice of an entire region. Unlike today, when music preferences vary greatly between generations and genders and religions and races, Bluegrass in the 40’s and 50’s was the music. Parents, children, grandparents, …read more

What is Bluegrass?

Bluegrass is a unique genre of music whose origins rise from the cultural intersection of the Appalachian Mountain region (with influences including but not limited to African American, Scotch-Irish, traditional). It is characterized by the use of specific instruments (banjo, guitar, dobro, bass, mandolin) and harmonies, generation of a raw, acoustic sound, and themes of … Continue reading What is Bluegrass?

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Definition of Bluegrass

The definition of bluegrass is loosely defined as two things. One is a bluish-green grass that was introduced into North America from northern Europe. It is widely grown for fodder, especially in Kentucky and Virginia. The other is a kind of country … Continue reading

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Bill Monroe- Reminds me of Home

So after watching the documentary last night called “High Lonesome”, I felt exactly like that. I will elaborate on this as well. So, growing up, I heard stories from my granddad about “the Good ol’ days”. He always talked about singing in the fields, singing in church on Sundays, and listening to the radio with … Continue reading Bill Monroe- Reminds me of Home

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The Usefulness of Definitions.

January 28, 2014 Christiansburg, VA We are presented with the task of attempting to define Bluegrass music as we begin our journey of exploring the genre’s roots and influences. The readings (the introduction to Rosenberg’s history, Goldsmith’s collection, Ted Olson’s Encyclopedia of Appalachia introduction, and the film, “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music”) were … Continue reading The Usefulness of Definitions.

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