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Now a Bluegrass addict.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Peace Cee, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Peace Cee

    Peace Cee

    Feb 9, 2011
    I love ALL music for the most part. Well, I just returned from SXSW, and I saw a Bluegrass band called the Austin Steamers. Now, I've always loved country, and when I hear(d) a Bluegrass song I always had an ear for it. However, something about hearing that band sparked something. I bought their cd and went home and amassed all of the BG that I had (O Brother Where Art..., The Avett Bro's, Trampled by Turtles, Ricky Scaggs).
    Well, I am addicted. Holy Sh*t!, It's like I found a new home. I can't stop listening to it. It is like Jazz for Mountain folk. The changes, the chops, the harmonies. I freakin love it! I'm like a crack addict. I buy iTunes cards and just download. I don't even know if I'm getting the best stuff. I play in a Funk/Rock band right now. I should be listening to Lettuce, the Brothers Johnson, and the RHCP. But I can't escape my now 5 hour playlist of BG.
    Can anyone suggest some bands that I should explore? Gimmie more!!
  2. ulrichsd


    Mar 6, 2013
    Earl Scruggs on banjo. Scruggs and Flatt.
  3. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    There is insane talent on the bluegrass scene.

    There are 16 yr old kids playing in Arkansas town squares on Friday nights that are 10 times better than any guitarist I've ever played with. I know cause I've seen them.
  4. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey
    Kind of an *ahem* expansive definition of Bluegrass there, but I'll take it at face value and run with it :D

    If your list is anything to go by, what you will probably find interesting is what has come to be called "Newgrass" - i.e. various combinations of the traditional 5 acoustic instruments, but with significant departures from the very rigid style that Bill Monroe laid down (and did his best to rigidly enforce)

    Best place to start IMHO is with Alison Krauss and Union Station. All outstanding players who mastered the traditional Bluegrass style, but who each went on to expand the boundaries of what might better be described as "modern string-band music"

    My Poor Old Heart
    Lay My Burden Down

    Dobro player Jerry Douglas has been not only a huge part of AKUS but has also done some very impressive work before and after he got that gig. Here's just two examples: the first one with a short-lived project composed of some other Very Heavy Hitters (each of whom are well worth looking into further) and the second, which is Jerry's own band

    Strength In Numbers - One Winter's Night
    Jerry Douglas Band - Pushed Too Far

    OK there's plenty more out there, and I've gotta stop somewhere, but there is no way I could leave out the Punch Brothers

    This Is The Song

    That oughta get you started :)
  5. Jayjaybman


    Jul 1, 2012
  6. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
    John Hartford- Aereoplane. Not exactly bluegrass, but one of my all time favorites. The man was a twisted genius.
  7. Of course, start with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.

    And as mentioned earlier, Flatt and Scruggs.

    Doc Watson. Amazing flat picking and soulful singing. Though not everything he writes/plays is strictly-speaking Bluegrass, most of his work has that feel to it.

    Bad Livers. Their music spans genres, but they played some great traditional-sounding stuff too. Check out their albums "Delusions of Banjer", "Horses in the Mines", and "Dust on the Bible". Danny Barnes plays killer banjo, and Mark Rubin is a likewise accomplished bassist.

    Texas Meat Purveyors. All their albums are good. Sort of a punk-bluegrass hybrid in their originals, and they do entertaining covers of some songs you wouldn't expect to hear in the Bluegrass style.
  8. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, and Chris Thile.


    Google 'em, youtube 'em.
  9. tilehilder

    tilehilder Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Central Massachusetts
  10. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Five posts before Doc Watson gets mentioned? <smh>
  11. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Some amazing modern bluegrass:

    Punch Brothers
    Mountain Heart
    Alison Krauss/Union Station
  12. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Balsam Range is one of my faves
  13. AllForYourDelig


    Sep 25, 2012
    Awesome! I listen to a lot of jam band/bluegrass bands. Check out cornmeal, greensky bluegrass, and some older String Cheese Incident ( their album "a string cheese incident" is a great start).
  14. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    New Grass Revival was awesome! John Cowan is one of my favorite singing bass players!
  15. Around these parts, there are tons of smaller "festivals" in the summer months. Stage shows are always good, but the real fun is the jam sessions later. Imagine 5-15 folks standing under a tree and just wailing away. Quality always varies of course, but if you land in the middle of a good one it will blow your mind.
  16. Yeah, Doc was technically brilliant, and I think he should be considered an icon of American music. He was prolific, so I can't really say with authority which of his albums are best, but I really like "Riding the Midnight Train" and "Lonesome Road".
  17. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
  18. Nitty gritty Dirt Band did a series of albums featuring some great bluegrass players called "Will the Circle be Unbroken." three albums worth I think. Some really great stuff. If you like blended music, there is also "Moody Bluegrass" with a lot of Moody Blues music re imagined as bluegrass, which I have enjoyed.
  19. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    While the line-up isn't exclusively bluegrass, you should check out who is playing MerleFest. I play pretty regularly with a mando player who makes a pilgrimage to the festival every year. And it is a pilgrimage

  20. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    Check out the Bill Monroe/Doc Watson live duo set from the 60's


    It's a mix of stuff, including revisiting some of the Monroe Brothers material (Bill M's band with his brother Charlie, before the Blue Grass Boys)


    This is all going further back in time than the OP's starting point, but that's what happens when you get into it - whether it's bluegrass, country, the blues, whatever - you go baaaaaaaack in time and marvel at all the beautiful noise people have made, for so long, and how it's inspired us.

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