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What is Bluegrass Music

Bluegrass Music is a sub-genre of Country, a kind of American roots music which is also rooted in English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh traditional music – a real mixture then. It was originally inspired by immigrants from the UK  (particularly Scotland) and Ireland, and very often in bluegrass music, similarly to jazz, each instrument will often take a turn at playing the melody while the others improvise around it, rather than all of the instruments playing together in harmony. According to Bill Monroe, a real pioneer of Bluegrass music, it’s –  

“Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. It’s plain music that tells a good story. It’s played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you. Bluegrass is music that matters”, now doesn’t that just about say it all?

Representative Bluegrass Musicians

Bluegrass Music actually owes it’s name to Bill Monroe’s band, The Bluegrass Boys, formed in 1939, so I guess you would say that they were the first and most representative of all bluegrass musicians. Others which followed include Wade Mainer and the Mountaineers, the Stanley Brothers and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Brilliant names don’t you think? Later on the genre of bluegrass music was continued with people like Sam Bush and Doyle Lawson in the 1960’s, the New Grass Revival, The Kentucky Colonels were other examples. One things for sure, there was a whole lotta fiddlin’ going on.

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