Discussion Questions 2/11

Cantwell often refers to themes of nostalgia and longing for times past within Bluegrass, but he also brings up the fact that performers had to pay attention to changes in popular taste and remain commercially current. How was this balance struck and how has it been adopted by modern Bluegrass musicians?

What was the function of the frequently referenced ‘black minstrelsy’ and how did this manifest itself on the radio?

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