“Mule Skinner Blues” –Bill Monroe (1930) What instruments are used? Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo How does the sound compare to traditional bluegrass? Very traditional vocals, and playing styles How was the popularity of the song? How successful was it? Performed on the WMV Has been covered a few times (i.e. Dolly Parton) “What a … Continue reading Bluegrass Presentation
Over the past few weeks we have been going over gender in bluegrass. Discussing the hardships that women had to go through in order to create their space in the genre. Surprisingly, most of the speed-bumps came from other women who did not think that a woman should travel and do shows, but instead stay … Continue reading Gender in Bluegrass
Upon reading “Bluegrass Today” by Neil Rosenberg I saw a few things that I found interesting. The first of which was the fact that it took until 1971 to have the first real book published about the genre when it had been around for so long. But I suppose that it would make some sense … Continue reading What does Bluegrass look like today???
Looking at a time line, bluegrass started out of Kentucky in the 1930’s and 40’s with Bill Monroe and, the Stanley Brothers, and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and was found to be quite popular radio entertainment. At that point in time, there wasn’t many other outlets for the music to be presented or promoted … Continue reading
I have never been to a festival or convention for bluegrass before this visit to Appalachian State. The most that I had seen of live bluegrass was at the bluegrass nights when I would go to my volunteer fire station. We bring in once a month, local bands and they would play all night in … Continue reading 2015 Appalachian State Fiddler’s Convention
This past week, my class was given an amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with John Lawless, Co-founder and chief editor of Bluegrass Today. Not only that, but we got to hear him play us a tune on his banjo. It really meant a lot to me personally to have someone as busy as he … Continue reading Today’s take on Bluegrass
Keith Whitley was a truly interesting gentleman. Born in Kentucky, he began his life in music at a very young age, winning contests by the age of five and getting on local radio stations at thirteen. While he was still in high school he started a bluegrass band with his friend Ricky Skaggs, they called Lonesome … Continue reading On, Keith Whitley
Born on March 3, 1923 from Deep Gap, North Carolina was Arthel Lane Watson, arguably one of the most influential old-time bluegrass artist. Mr. Watson was left blind after an eye infection during infancy, but that did not hold him back in the slightest. Doc gives much of his credit for not allowing his handicap … Continue reading At a Glance: Doc Watson
I have heard a lot about what makes up the components of Bluegrass music such as the type of instruments used (the banjo, the fiddle, and so on), however, when I was watching the film High Lonesome and reading up on the music, I found that my definition of Bluegrass is on of its character … Continue reading Bluegrass to Me
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