Bluegrass Slogan Trivia – October 28, 2022

This Contest is Closed
The winners are Andy Bing and Todd Evans

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Which of the following statements about bluegrass music is true and has been expressed/published in some form?

1. Bluegrass is pure Elizabethan English music.

2. Bluegrass – it sounds the same when the power goes out.

3. Bluegrass – the only music invented in America.

4. Bluegrass – any idiot can do it!

5. Bluegrass musicians would rather fight than switch.

6. Bluegrass music – better than it sounds.

ANSWER is “2 or 3 or Both”

Additional Bowden Comments

Good to see some winners! I was even going to give credit if someone answered 3, which is not “quite” correct. In addition to bluegrass, several other musics were born in America, like minstrel, ragtime, blues and jazz (probably more, also). Bluegrass IS “an” American music though.

1. The comment about “pure Elizabethan music” was said around 1900 by the educated “songcatchers” who roamed the Appalachians discovering old timers who sang the old Anglo/Irish/Scottish ballads of the 1500s and 1600s. It is true that some of those songs still survive in bluegrass, but bluegrass isn’t regarded as “pure Elizabethan”.

4. Not usually said about bluegrass, although bluegrass music became popular to home-musicians because it IS very “approachable” and “close to the ground” (as Bill Monroe used to say)

5. “Rather fight than switch” was an old advertising slogan for a brand of cigarettes, I forget which one

6. Andy was right about this one, it IS said about old time music. But not about bluegrass.

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

4 Responses

  • Guessing here-number 2: It sounds the same when the power goes out.

    I have heard number 6-better than it sounds-said regarding old time music, but not bluegrass. Which is just as well.

  • Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch. I am guessing they had to switch anyway without a fight since I am not sure Tareytons are still made.

  • According to Wikipedia, smokers who are sufficiently determined can still get Tareytons, which remain available although in limited distribution. So fighting over cigarettes is still a thing.

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