O Brother, Where Art Thou and Bluegrass

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This Contest is Closed
The winners are Cecelia Chilton and Mark Carabetta


Hard to believe but it’s been over 20 years since the debut of the Coen Brothers’ movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou” starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson in a re-enactment of “The Odyssey” (look it up). The movie provided a welcome and huge boost to bluegrass and old time music.

Which bluegrassers contributed to this movie?

A. Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

B. The Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mt Boys

C. Alison Krauss + Union Station

D. Ricky Skaggs

E. Dr. Ralph Stanley

F. Mike Compton

G. Chris Sharp

H. John Hartford

I. The Cox Family

J. The Whites

K. Del McCoury

M. Submit your own selections from this list

ANSWER is B, C, E, F, G, H, I, J

The wrong answers are A, D and K

Additional Bowden Comments

Good job by Mark and Cecelia with partial credit for their choice of Dr. Ralph.

All of the names listed contributed to the movie EXCEPT Flatt & Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury!

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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