Best of 1980s Bluegrass

The 1980s were a big decade for bluegrass. It was the decade when a good portion of today’s bluegrass juggernauts—Alison Krauss and Bela Fleck for example—cut their teeth. Some of the genre’s best-ever performers, like the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Hot Rize, recorded some of their seminal records during this period. Although I still think that the 1990s were bluegrass’s best decade (don’t worry, we’ll get there), the ‘80s were sure a great time to be a bluegrass fan, whether you liked the new stuff or the old stuff. Enjoy this playlist of the best of 1980s bluegrass!

David Chernack

David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.

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