Bluegrass Masters: Fiddle

Bill Monroe played the mandolin, Flatt and Scruggs played the guitar and banjo respectively… but bluegrass would not be what it was if those legends hadn’t had top-notch fiddlers in their band. From first generation fiddle masters like Kenny Baker, … Read More

It’s A Bluegrass Christmas 2!

It’s time for another bluegrass Christmas! From “Frosty the Snowman” to “Sleigh Ride” to “Silent Night,” bluegrass’s best pickers—including Dan Tyminski, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, and more—have you covered in the holiday cheer department. Enjoy this playlist of bluegrass Christmas … Read More

Bluegrass 2021

Live bluegrass bounced back in 2021, with festivals and jams returning with the blessing of vaccination against COVID-19. This year also proved to be a renaissance for bluegrass in the studio too: Bela Fleck’s long-anticipated return to the bluegrass genre … Read More

Best of 1980s Bluegrass

The 1980s were a big decade for bluegrass. It was the decade when a good portion of today’s bluegrass juggernauts—Alison Krauss and Bela Fleck for example—cut their teeth. Some of the genre’s best-ever performers, like the Nashville Bluegrass Band and … Read More

This is: Alison Krauss

It has been argued by many (read: me) that Alison Krauss is—and will remain—the best female vocalist and fiddler that bluegrass has ever seen. She started her career in her teens in the 1980s, created possibly the most recognizable and … Read More

Dave’s Faves

By now, you’ve probably gotten a sense of what I like in terms of bluegrass. High-level instrumental prowess, creative and outside-the-box songwriting, and an excellent ensemble sound are what I look for in my bluegrass favorites. Those things all apply … Read More

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