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Bluegrass on the Blue Ridge: How North Carolina Inherited Bill Monroe’s Music

Wonderful write-up.  I'm fortunate in being able to walk down to IBMA and we go to Merlefest every year.  Will do Friday-Sunday this year due to amazing line-up.  You may have seen it but somewhere I saw reference to the fact that in the early-70's Sam Bush visited the downtown Raleigh area near Hillsborough Street to hang out with The New Deal String Band and learn how they incorporated pop and rock influences into bluegrass.

 

 

Sam apparently ran into New Deal String Band at a 1970 bluegrass festival (Union Grove?) in 1970

 

 

Excellent read. Liked the use of Sam Bush in the narrative.

Six years  living in the Triangle area was instrumental for my Bluegrass eduction and apprecation. Close your eyes and swing a cat, you'll hit a Bluegrass band. And Merlefest is still my pick for "Best" music festival. Doesn't get any better than 5-6 days in Heaven.