The winners are Andy Bing and Todd Evans
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.