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For all of the forum's lovers of bluegrass, I'm not sure how this article meshes with your vision of things but I stumbled across it in "The Guardian" (UK edition to boot!) and thought I'd share.
Wait..bluegrass is obscure? Guess I'm a hillbilly then y'all. Although..I tend to enjoy more non vocal tunes a jam group plays together like old time and Irish. Just a melody and no words to muck up the fun.
Interesting political article. She seems to be a little high brow about those that play traditional music unless they sing songs that bash the President.
@Pat, Thanks for mentioning Alison Krauss... even if the article didn't. Of course I had to YT her. Nice... yes, not all bluegrass but happy to have heard of few of her pieces for starters. Special mention to Choctaw Hayride which is listed as "newgrass"
... Interesting political article. She seems to be a little high brow about those that play traditional music unless they sing songs that bash the President.
I had a pretty different take away, @GregW. I felt more like the article was talking about the historical and geographic development of bluegrass. And then the author wraps up with a feel good bit about how the music's virtuosic nature separates folks by whether or not they can hold their own in the jam circle and not by their origin or orientation (political, sexual, religious...) Bluegrass, classical, what ever music practically forces us to transcend barriers and bridge differences. As a newbie to music this year, I'm just discovering this feeling. It probably something most of you have known for much longer. Better late than never