Founding Women of Bluegrass – Playlist

March is Women’s History Month—so let’s celebrate bluegrass music’s founding mothers! It’s hard to pinpoint the exact year when bluegrass began, but it certainly wouldn’t have been without the contribution of the earliest female performers of the nascent genre, like … Read More

GospelGrass – Playlist

Gospel music is a core aspect of bluegrass music. Spirituals, hymns, and other religious music featured prominently in the early days of bluegrass, and it continues to do so to this day. The classic format of four voices with guitar … Read More

This is: Larry Sparks

Although he doesn’t get nearly as much love as singers like Del McCoury or Russell Moore, Larry Sparks is one of the most talented troubadours in bluegrass history. With a history spanning five decades, Larry Sparks is an underrated master … Read More

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

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