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Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass Rambles

Everything you need to know about bluegrass, whatever that is

Ted is an IBMA-nominated music writer who travels to bluegrass festivals with his wife and picks guitar in as many jams as he can.

Bluegrass and Country: What's Happening?

       This is a crossover bent between these  2 genres that has beeen going on for awhile. As you said Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs both started out in bluegrass, but moved  on to country and back, one truth is that there is alot more money in country than bluegrass. Also, I believe bluegrassers are more talented generally than country players. Well, thank  God for BOTH BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY music.

                                            JIm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Love this line:

At some point the barriers between genres and subgenres stretch to a point of thinness where they dissolve.

Thanks Ted!

 

There has always been a lot of song-swapping between Country/BG. Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jim & Jesse & The Osbornes to name a few from the BG side cut country songs in a bluegrass style.

What I find interesting today is that some singer/songwriter/storytellers who would have seemingly been at home in the country arena in years past are finding homes in the Bluegrass community. Irene Kelley, the Cordle/Jackson/Salley triumverate, Thomm Jutz, etc.

The genres are very close kin and with mainstream country moving in a different direction, trad. country & bluegrass seem closer than in many years- perhaps since the 30s/40s. Heck, you can sense more kinship between the music of the Malpass Brothers or Daryle Singletary with bluegrass than you can with some jamgrass/jazzgrass bands. Not that either is good or bad, just observing musical relationships.