Re: newgrass

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Posted by derek from gritz on August 20, 19102 at 04:15:33:

In Reply to: newgrass posted by Tarrah on August 17, 19102 at 09:59:33:

First there was the "Ancient Tones", as Bill Monroe would call them, the folk songs from SCotland and Ireland brought over from the old country hundreds of years ago. As the people adapted to the new land the music evolved and it became mountain music, and then country music. Bluegrass did not fully take shape until Earl joined Bill Monroe's band in 1945. Mr. Monroe had been making music for a long time before that, in fact he became a member of the GRand Old Opry in 1939, and his vision of the new music had its final important piece added with the three finger style of banjer picking by Earl Scruggs. So it evolved and became Bluegrass. Many years later the second generation of Bluegrassers started to expand the music. Earl did some himself with the progressive Earl SCruggs Review with his sons Randy and Gary.
In the early 1970's John Hartford came out with the album "STeam Powered Aereo Plain" and that added to the evolution of the Bluegrass sound. And then David Grisman, with the help of Vassar Clements and Tony Rice, who added Jazz as a mixture with Bluegrass.That really broke the ice as musicians combined Bluegrass music with many different kinds of other music,from Blues to Irish to Jazz to Rock to even Funk, with the GrooveGrass CD's.That is considered Newgrass. Jerry Douglas has really pushed the boundaries of the music with his line of wonderful and important CD's as well.New Grass Revival was a part of the mix also.
There is room for all of it, as long as we don't forget where the original stuff came from. Enough for now, DH

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