David Chernack’s Playlist: Bluegrass Storytelling

Bluegrass is a genre full of stories. The earliest ballads, love stories, and tales of the old home place permeated the genre from its inception, making it known early on that bluegrass is a medium for telling stories as much as it is for playing music. Stories about places and people—like that no good Wild Bill Jones or Fiddlin’ Will who loved to saw on the strings—make up some of the foundational bluegrass repertoire. Storytelling is still, in this writer’s opinion, what differentiates a good bluegrass song from a great one. Enjoy this list of great bluegrass storytelling from the Del McCoury Band, the Grascals, Steve Martin, and more!

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