Bluegrass In The Mountains

At the core of most bluegrass songwriting is nostalgia, longing, reverence—whatever you want to call it—for the “old home place.” And for a lot of bluegrassers, that home is in the mountains. Centuries-old Appalachian mountain music was a major influence on bluegrass music as it really took shape in the 1940s and 1950s, especially for folks like Bill Monroe—himself a native of the mountains of east Kentucky. Today, the tradition of singing about the mountains continues with bands like Blue Highway, Balsam Range, and Cedar Hill. Enjoy this playlist of bluegrass music in the mountains!

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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