A History of Bluegrass Music
The Driving Music of Appalachia
Most people you talk to would be
surprised to learn that the style of country music known as bluegrass is only
now reaching its 65th birthday. The driving and infectious sound of
banjos, fiddles, mandolins, and guitars sounds “as old as the hills” they came
from. Its sound brings forth images of life in rural Appalachia:
shadowy mountains thick with cottonwoods, ox-drawn wagons creaking along dusty
dirt roads, dirt farms, coal mines, and fields of tobacco, corn, and cotton.
Bluegrass got its birth in Kentucky and Tennessee, but the music
is as much a modernization as it is traditional. The originators of bluegrass
took the music uptown by use of instrumental technique, played by some of the most
legendary musicians in the history of American music. Included in this multi-media presentation will be vintage recordings by Bill Monroe (the father of bluegrass), Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, and more, leading up to the use of bluegrass in many of today's recordings by artists such as Alison Krauss.