Month: January 2015

So What is Bluegrass?

Hello, and welcome to my blog! Before I attempt to define bluegrass, let’s turn to the experts to get a rough idea of what bluegrass is. Folklorist and author of Bluegrass: A History, Neil Rosenberg, characterizes bluegrass first through its technical aspects, focusing on the use of acoustic instruments and the “mastery of virtuoso instrumental … Continue reading So What is Bluegrass?

Defining Bluegrass

Bluegrass is something that is hard to pin down, but you certainly know it when you hear it. The distinctive sounds of banjo, mandolin, and guitar blend together in a unique way certainly sounds like bluegrass. But bluegrass is a broad term for a wide range of music. The genre of bluegrass is comprised of […]

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“Damn Lies”

Smith’s statement that the music began with Monroe’s post-war band and his inclusion of Earl Scruggs-style banjo as one of the defining characteristics of the music were, Monroe told Smith angrily, ‘damn lies’ as far as he was concerned. – Neil Rosenberg, “Bluegrass: A History”      

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What is Bluegrass?

After reading the introduction texts to “Bluegrass: A History” by Neil Rosenberg, and “The Bluegrass Reader” by Thomas Goldsmith, I had formed a good idea for what a true, technical definition for bluegrass would be. “Bluegrass” in the academic, dictionary idea, is a genre of music defined by the use of acoustic instruments such as … Continue reading What is Bluegrass?

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Welcome to Blogs@VT Sites. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Hello world!

Welcome to Blogs@VT Sites. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Blogging Expectations

Blogging allows us to be public scholars while diving deeper into the texts and our personal disciplines. Expectations for blogging are as follows: 1. Blog a total of 8-10 times during the semester 2. Offer a substantial comment to a…