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May is Bluegrass Month

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Did you know May was Bluegrass Month?

Probably not. But that’s ok, because we didn’t either until we opened up some great email from our friends at Deering Banjo Company.

Bluegrass music grew from American roots. Most consider it a sub-genre of country music, but we’re watching it grow into a genre unto itself. Bluegrass was inspired by traditional English, Irish and Scottish music, and was also later influenced by the music of African-Americans through the incorporation of jazz elements. A bluegrass band is traditionally comprised of singers who may accompany themselves on the guitar, double bass, fiddle, and five-string banjo. Mandolin and Hawaiian steel guitar are also often found in the mix, as well as harmonica. This instrumentation originated in rural dance bands and is the basis on which the earliest bluegrass bands were formed.

A quick stroll through our Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, told us that the bluegrass style grew in the 1940s through the music of Bill Monroe and his group, The Blue Grass Boys.
Other notables include Earl Scruggs, Don Reno and Ralph Stanley.

And while we’re at it, don’t forget to check out Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s – Love Has Come For You. There’s no excuse because it’s available as an mp3, CD and (fire up those turntables) even vinyl!

1 Comment to “May is Bluegrass Month”

  1. Robert says:

    Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs took Bluegrass into the mainstream when they composed and perfromed the TV themes for “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “Petticoat Junction.”

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