Fastest Bluegrass Around

Bluegrass is best played fast! When the beats per minute crest 160 and the banjo picks get revving, the fun can officially start. Today’s modern bluegrass pickers turn up the tempo dial to 11 with increasing accuracy, leading to fantastical … Read More

Bluegrass Masters: Banjo

Where would bluegrass be without the banjo? Well, if you listened to last week’s playlist, you’d know it wouldn’t be that bad… but we’d all miss the five-string all the same! Despite having a history that goes back many centuries, … Read More

Playlist: Modern Bill Monroe Instrumentals

Bill Monroe’s mandolin playing is arguably what started bluegrass. His playing, and his vast instrumental repertoire, started developing in the 1940s—and they have defined bluegrass for the genre’s entire lifespan. In the twenty-first century, it’s still difficult to find an … Read More

Playlist: Best of 1970s Bluegrass

The 1970s was a decade of transformation for bluegrass music. As the genre’s forefathers—including Bill Monroe and Mac Wiseman—continued to innovate, new arrivals to the music started to tug bluegrass in new and exciting directions. The nascent careers of David … Read More

Then and Now: Flatt & Scruggs

Flatt and Scruggs are the other fathers of bluegrass. Earl Scruggs’ banjo playing—with his signature three-finger style—practically reinvented the instrument, while Lester Flatt’s singing and songwriting set a bedrock for the genre in the 1950s. Naturally, many of their greatest … Read More

This Is: Tony Rice

Tony Rice tragically passed away far too young at the age of 69 on Christmas Day. It is impossible to overstate the effect Tony had on acoustic music, not to mention bluegrass—and to this day, he has no true equal … Read More

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