21st Century Fiddle Tunes

Bluegrass has changed a lot in the twenty-first century. New pickers have continued to raise the bar of instrumental prowess while the previous generations have continued their development of the genre, with arcs dating as far back as the 1970s. … Read More

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

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