Tiny Moore
The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
Jethro Burns

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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, bluegrass didn't change for nearly 20 years. 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 never varied.

Traditional Bluegrass Artists Highlights

Tiny Moore
Tiny Moore
Jethro Burns
Jethro Burns
Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Bill Monroe & His ...
Flatt & Scruggs
Flatt & Scruggs
Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs

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Traditional Bluegrass Album Highlights

The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
Bill Monroe / Bill Monroe ...
The Very Best of Bill ...
The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
Flatt & Scruggs
The Essential Flatt & ...
The Complete Mercury Recordings
Flatt & Scruggs / Lester ...
The Complete Mercury ...
The Essential Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1945-1949)
Bill Monroe
The Essential Bill Monroe ...
The Essential Bluegrass Album
Osborne Brothers
The Essential Bluegrass ...
The Definitive Collection 1947-1966
The Stanley Brothers
The Definitive Collection ...

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Traditional Bluegrass Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Uncle Pen Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Foggy Mountain Special Flatt & Scruggs
We'll Meet Again Sweetheart Flatt & Scruggs
Kentucky Waltz Bill Monroe / Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
Family Bible Osborne Brothers / Mac Wiseman
I'm Lonesome Without You
Clinch Mountain Boys / The Stanley Brothers
The Great Atomic Power The Louvin Brothers
Baby, Now That I've Found You Alison Krauss
I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers Ralph Stanley
Paddy on the Turnpike The Dillards

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