At a glance: Born 1864 in Grayson Co., VA Learned to play the fiddle as a teenager Played at social gatherings, jammed with other musicians in the area, and performed at a 1920s Galax fiddlers’ convention Only commercial recordings are two duets with Ernest Stoneman Recorded in 1941 by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax for the Library … Continue reading Emmett Lundy Bio
Benton Flippen made a career out of fiddling for many prominent old time bands in America. Benton, born and raised in North Carolina, gained his art by learning from close family relatives. He played the fiddle different from anyone during … Continue reading →
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Mac Wisemen mentions a few of the following songs in his interview: And later, by Flatt and Scruggs: And today, by the Earls of Leicester: Mac Wiseman (live with Lester Flatt) Jim and Jesse as a country act: Jim and Jesse’s as a more traditional bluegrass act with, “Cotton Mill Man,” Jim and Jesse performing … Continue reading notes on readings 2.2.15
[An image from a recent interview-based project in Connecticut, Jan. 2015] As we begin interviewing visitors and traveling to shows and venues, here are a few helpful guides: http://www.folklife.si.edu/resources/pdf/InterviewingGuide.pdf http://dohistory.org/on_your_own/toolkit/oralHistory.html http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/resources/rohotips.html a more journalistic view: http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/online/how-interview-your-favorite-musician We will discuss ethics and specific procedures in class. Please let me know if you have any questions. … Continue reading Resources for Oral History
Bluegrass is a genre of music that utilizes acoustic instruments such as the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and dobro. It is characterized by a high-pitched sound with tight harmonies as band members often gather around the same microphone to sing. It is also often performed by brother duets such as Bill and Charlie Monroe and […]
In the Introduction to Goldsmith, it is asserted that bluegrass was invented with the introduction of public radio. Contrary to earlier mountain music, this commercialized version of original country is relatively more polished and places greater focus on technique (Goldsmith, p.4). However, Bluegrass is still relatively simple compared to other music genres and Rosenberg says that … Continue reading “Bluegrass Music”
Community is a big part of what makes bluegrass music what it is. People from all areas come together to listen and to play bluegrass music. A lot of diversity can be found in bluegrass music and an example of this is the Asian bluegrass band that was shown in High Lonsome: the Story of … Continue reading What Is Bluegrass?
I had the opportunity to view the documentary called High Lonesome The Story of Bluegrass Music. First of all what a great documentary, well written and put together, probably one of the best I have seen. I am supposed to define what the term “Bluegrass” is to me. First off when I hear bluegrass music … Continue reading The Beginnings of Bluegrass as I understand it.
Bluegrass is music embedded in Appalachia. The genre has roots in country music, but also draws from British and African traditional music. Bluegrass’s flexible sound comes from a variety of string instruments and vocal styles. The music communicates the values of rural and Appalachian culture, with emphasis on nostalgia and hardship.