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music (band) recommendations

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by rickr, May 10, 2010.

  1. rickr

    rickr Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Fairly new to bluegrass. Looking for a few suggestions on who to download.
    Looking for classic as well as cutting edge stuff.
  2. kmanley_29649


    Jan 25, 2008
    Taylors SC
    I'm not too versed in it myself, as I have jsut recently getting into blugrass myself, but a few bands/artists I like are:

    Carolina Chocolate Drops
  3. For the traditional you can't beat this-- 4 discs that span Bill Monroe's career from the early 30s to his death. It also includes a brief biography. Also, this Flatt and Scruggs collection will give you a solid foundation.

    As to newer stuff, try some Mountain Heart, IIIrd Time Out, or Sam Bush. The choices and groups are endless.

    Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder tread the middle ground--sometimes cutting edge and sometimes very traditional but always fantastic musicianship.

    You have a big ocean to explore.
  4. rickr

    rickr Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    thanks guys!
  5. ASBass


    Mar 11, 2007
    The Bluegrass Album Band is as traditional as it gets.....
  6. bluegrasscat


    Aug 9, 2006
    some of my fav's

    the Grascal's

    Hit and Run Bluegrass

    Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

    James King

    Don Rigsby

    and so many more!!!!
  7. Captain Howdy

    Captain Howdy

    Oct 23, 2008
    Hot Rize - the self titled album is my favorite bluegrass record, every song is great.

    Also any Doc Watson, although besides pure bluegrass, some of his stuff is more folk, such as cowboy songs and ballads, etc. Awesome multi-instrumentalist.
  8. Alan Tompkins

    Alan Tompkins Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    Allison Krauss and Union Station for the Barry Bales "tour de force."

    Del McCoury band to hear Mike Bub.

    It doesn't get any better than early 60s Flatt & Scruggs (Live at Carnegie Hall, fer instance).

    Buy the Claire Lynch Band album "Crowd Favorites" for one reason - Missy Raines' extended bass solo on Wabash Cannonball. Been playing for decades, and Missy is a friend, and it's still spectacular in my humble opinion. Or here's an option - search and download it from amazon.com for a whopping $0.99. Worth 50 times that.

    Just my $0.02.

  9. rickr

    rickr Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Thanks for all the good recommendations fellows.
    Steve, I bought the live mountain heart .... fantastic
    and Alan, I also purchased wabash cannonball, you're right- great stuff!
  10. M Ramsey

    M Ramsey

    Mar 12, 2005
    North Carolina
    For those that may be interested, Aaron's group, Mountain Heart, will be appearing/playing on The Grand Ole Opry tongiht. The time slot for us here in NC will be from 9:45PM - 10:15PM. They've been in Nashville most of the week, working on their next recording.

    If you'd like to listen old-timey style it's at 650 Am on your radio dial.

    Or, you can tune in via the internet (much better signal :^) ) at http://radiotime.com/station/s_22867/WSM_650.aspx and then click Listen Live.

    Mike Ramsey
  11. Zapp


    Sep 4, 2005
    Gruene Texas
    I realize how ancient this thread is, but rather than posting about Barnes, Rubin, et al I thought I'd chime in here....
    I am an austinite - - guitar & bass, but sadly no doublebass... I think I touched one once. wish I could rewind

    how does one categorize the type of music Bad Livers put out, which so helped define Austin's enigmatic music weirdness...:meh::confused::)


  12. I do not think your familiarization with the basics of bluegrass will be complete unless you get some Stanley Brothers music from the 1950's-1960's. Alternatively or in addition, Ralph Stanley's recordings from the 1970's with Roy Lee Centers on lead vocals are very similar in sound and repertoire but have higher sound quality.
  13. Zapp


    Sep 4, 2005
    Gruene Texas
    I understand. I've hit the older Stanley Bros' sporadically... not yet systematically
  14. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I really like these kids called Monsters Calling Home
  15. Winoman


    May 15, 2005
    Vienna, VA
    It couldn't hurt to check out some of the older Seldom Scene albums, with Tom Gray. He's one of my favorite bluegrass bass players, and he did a tour with Emmy Lou Harris last year, IIRC.
  16. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
  17. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    Yeah, and they don't play bluegrass either... :(
  18. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    A lot of great suggestions. I'm going to toss on this one, the seminal 1972 double album credited to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

    Some folks might call it more country than bluegrass -- doesn't matter, it's fabulous and there's a ton of high lonesome on it. It's a great meeting between the hippie Dirt Band and a pile of country/bluegrass greats: Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter, Vassar Clements and some I'm likely forgetting. Definitely worth checking out.
  19. Johnny IV

    Johnny IV

    Nov 4, 2011
    I see a lot of great recommendations, I will throw in some of my 'newer' to the scene favs.

    Trampled by Turtles

    Old Crow Medicine Show

    The Steeldrivers

    Ricky Skaggs (not new but didn't see him in there)

    Also, most anything Chris Thile is involved in is really good.

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