There are some bluegrass tunes that are just essential—the kind that 99% of pickers will know how to play when called at a jam. These tunes, like “Big Sciota” and “Cherokee Shuffle,” are jam standards that are a good way to warm up or close out a jam session alike. With great performances from Noam Pikelny, April Verch, and David Grisman, enjoy this playlist of essential bluegrass tunes!
David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.