This is: David Grisman

Since the 1960s, David Grisman has been redefining what that mandolin means in bluegrass—and even what bluegrass means itself. With a laundry list of collaborators from Andy Statman to Jerry Garcia to Ricky Skaggs to John Hartford, Grisman’s unmistakable “Dawg” … Read More

Essential Bluegrass Songs

Just as there are essential bluegrass tunes that just about every bluegrasser should know, there are the essential songs: classic numbers like “The Old Home Place” and “Nine Pound Hammer” will never raise an eyebrow at a jam, and just … Read More

This Is: Dan Tyminski

Dan Tyminski is a man of constant sorr- er, I mean, a man of many voices. The venerable Union Station member has a powerful vocal presence—with inimitable performances like his iconic take on “I am a Man of Constant Sorrow”—as … Read More

Underrated Bluegrass Tunes

In bluegrass music, each bluegrasser is expected to know a good number of instrumental fiddle tunes to keep up at a jam. While tunes like “Cherokee Shuffle,” “Big Sciota,” and “Gold Rush” are known by just about every picker, there … Read More

Bluegrass Does Gordon Lightfoot

On May 5th, the world lost Gordon Lightfoot, one of the most influential and accomplished folk musicians of all time. Lightfoot’s complex yet gentle songwriting, often with environmentalist and transcendentalist undertones, made his works big hits in rock, folk, and … Read More

Bluegrass Quadruple Plays!

Most songs and tunes in the bluegrass canon have been around the block a couple of times—to say the least. Many classics dating back to the first generation of bluegrass performers or earlier have been recorded dozens of times throughout … Read More

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