Bill Monroe
Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics
The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
Ralph Stanley

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Bluegrass music grew out of traditional string band music that formed the roots of country music. In the '40s, country music began to splinter into different directions, as honky tonk and country-pop became genres of their own. A certain segment of country musicians continued playing traditional string music. Led by Bill Monroe, these musicians adhered to the songs, structures, and conventions of string bands, but they made the music faster, harder, and more technically demanding. The result was bluegrass; the genre was named after Bill Monroe's backing band, the Blue Grass Boys. After its inception in the mid-'40s, and its popularization in the '50s, the sound had become part of country music, and there were legions of bands that followed in their footsteps. In the late '60s, a number of bluegrass groups began expanding the possibilities of the genre, much to the chagrin of many of the music's most popular artists and dedicated fans. Consequently, the new breed of bluegrass groups were dubbed progressive bluegrass, while those that adhered to the music's heritage were tagged traditional bluegrass. Over the next three decades, progressive bluegrass changed frequently, while the sound of traditional bluegrass rarely varied.

Bluegrass Artists Highlights

Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe
Ralph Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Flatt & Scruggs
Flatt & Scruggs
Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
The Seldom Scene
The Seldom Scene
Béla Fleck
Béla Fleck

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Bluegrass Album Highlights

Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics
Various Artists
Appalachian Stomp: ...
The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
Flatt & Scruggs
The Essential Flatt & ...
The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
Bill Monroe / Bill Monroe ...
The Very Best of Bill ...
Daybreak
Béla Fleck
Daybreak
Now That I've Found You: A Collection
Alison Krauss
Now That I've Found You: A ...
Old & In the Way
Old & In the Way
Old & In the Way

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Bluegrass Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Blue Moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe
Foggy Mountain Breakdown Flatt & Scruggs
Rocky Top Osborne Brothers
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Flatt & Scruggs
So Long, So Wrong Alison Krauss
Darling Corey The Bluegrass Cardinals
I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home Mac Wiseman
Uncle Pen Bill Monroe
Turkey in the Straw Vassar Clements
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Ralph Stanley

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