John Hartford is one of the most quintessentially American musicians to ever hit the bluegrass scene. Like Tony Rice and David Grisman, he crafted music that was somehow as ancient as it was modern, all with songwriting skills that recall Mark Twain. With legacy like that, it’s no shocker that Hartford’s musical legacy continues to inspire today’s generation of bluegrass groups from Crooked Still to the Travelin’ McCoury’s to Special Consensus. Enjoy this playlist of John Hartford: Then and Now!
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.