Norman Blake
Country Gentleman: The Best of Ricky Skaggs
Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions
David Grisman

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Bluegrass is one of the most rigid music genres, one that steadfastly refuses to change its direction. Therefore, Progressive Bluegrass is viewed with skepticism at best, derision at worst, by some hardcore bluegrass fans. Progressive bluegrass expands the sonic palette of bluegrass either by adding elements of jazz, folk, country, and rock, or by amplifying the instruments. The subgenre developed in the late '60s, but it flourished in the '70s, when bands like the Dillards, Boone Creek, Country Gazette, and New Grass Revival began coming to the forefront of bluegrass and folk festivals. Throughout the '80s and '90s, progressive bluegrass continued to evolve, moving closer toward folk and rock in some quarters and closer to jazz in others.

Progressive Bluegrass Artists Highlights

Norman Blake
Norman Blake
David Grisman
David Grisman
Vince Gill
Vince Gill
Byron Berline
Byron Berline
Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs
Peter Rowan
Peter Rowan

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Progressive Bluegrass Album Highlights

Country Gentleman: The Best of Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs
Country Gentleman: The ...
Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions
Béla Fleck
Throw Down Your Heart, ...
Now That I've Found You: A Collection
Alison Krauss
Now That I've Found You: A ...
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Wide Open Spaces
The Chicks
Wide Open Spaces
There Is a Time (1963-70)
The Dillards
There Is a Time (1963-70)

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Progressive Bluegrass Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Highway 40 Blues Ricky Skaggs
Kinetsa (Madagascar) Béla Fleck
In the Palm of Your Hand Alison Krauss
Cannonball Rag The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band / Merle Travis
I Can Love You Better The Chicks
Paddy on the Turnpike The Dillards
Sweet Little Corrina
Vince Gill
Michelle Béla Fleck
Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away Vince Gill
City of New Orleans The Seldom Scene

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