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

It’s A Bluegrass Christmas

The holidays is (usually) a time for coming together to enjoy the music of the season. Bluegrass is no exception, and Christmas songs are often a favorite subject for bluegrass artists. From the genre’s forefathers like Ralph Stanley to modern … Read More

Bluegrass Masters: Guitar

“The dreadnought guitar is the backbone of bluegrass music, and bluegrass guitarists are among the genre’s most talented vanguards. Early bluegrass guitarists like Doc Watson and Clarence White made opening arguments about the guitar’s place as a leading instrument in … Read More

This is: Del McCoury

From his humble beginnings as Bill Monroe’s bus driver to his modern award-winning success, no one today quite embodies bluegrass like Del McCoury—and few others have so many great stories to tell. Del’s voice, songwriting cues, and iconic band (featuring … Read More

Bluegrass Does Bob Dylan

“Bob Dylan has a songwriting footprint that has extended across half a century and more than its fair share of musical genres—including bluegrass! Covers of Dylan’s most popular songs have come out of the bluegrass genre since the days of … Read More

20 RailGrass Songs

Bluegrass music has a lot of favorite themes: heartbreak, the blues, lonesomeness… hmm let’s see, what else… oh yeah, and trains! Some of the genre’s best anthems integrate the evocative sounds and feelings of the railroad. From Flatt and Scruggs’s … Read More

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