Up-And-Coming-Grass: New Releases From New Artists

by David Chernack

Bluegrass is a genre with a short but rich history—so rich that it’s easy for the names of legends like Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, and Jimmy Martin to rise to the top of the pile and dominate the conversation. But bluegrass has never been a closed system, and new artists are joining the fray with every passing year. In the 2020s, a huge number of new artists making bluegrass have emerged: from young instrumental phenoms like fiddler Sami Braman and mandolinist Wyatt Ellis to fresh (super) groups like Wood Box Heroes and East Nash Grass, the number of new musicians making great new bluegrass is astounding. This emerging fifth generation is, more than ever, helmed by women, with new stars like Amanda Cook, the Price Sisters, Maddie Denton, and more contributing to the genre’s artistic expansion. I hope you enjoy this playlist of up-and-coming bluegrass artists who are changing the bluegrass game and creating new favorites!

David Chernack

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.

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