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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.

The Ingredients of Bluegrass

Grateful Dead play - Missisippi Half-Step Uptown Toodooloo

 

 

Thanks, Jim. I was going to include that one, but decided that the column was getting too crowded. It's another terrific example of the influence rock bands have had on bluegrass. 

So last week you learned I was from Philly and this week I’ll share that my relationship with CMH Records as a distributor began over 20 years ago, and my final music biz gig was as their VP of sales. While the Pickin’ On series was considered totally uncool on many fronts, we sold hundreds of thousands through the years. The Metallica album was by far the bestseller. I was proud that we were able to use some of the best bluegrass musicians, many who remained uncredited for contractual reasons. My two favorites were the music of The Shins and Modest Mouse...both stand on their own as great bluegrass. Go figure. Another interesting article Ted. Thanks. 

Thanks so much for this insight, Ed. I read a little about Pickin' On for this piece and was aware of both the high sales and general ridicule it generated in some quarters. You always have something interesting to add. - Ted

Another nice one, Ted. I might add that when BG began it casyed a bit of a stir as it was pretty much the opposite of the rural white music ala the Carter Family. I can recall some old folks telling it was considered the devil's music -- a sit made you want to get up and dance. Nicely thought out, and done.

Excellent article. Over the course of its history, the bluegrass "tag" has widely spread across a broad musical landscape, a coveted trend that continues to endure. Some seeds have fallen on rocky terrain and time will tell if they will grow or wither. A considerable amount of the seed has grown and continues to mature while other seeds have produced very sweet blossoms.
"There are two kinds of music, good, and that other kind"
Duke Ellington