A little tidbit about Bluegrass Music...
Beginning around the early 1600s, bluegrass music finds its origins in true American roots. Traced back to the Jamestown settlers of America, bluegrass music is homegrown rhythm from the rural and mountainous people of the US. Named after the Bluegrass Boys with lead Bill Monroe, bluegrass music is still modeled after their unique style today.
Based off of Appalachian folk music, blues, country, jazz, Native American, and Scottish-Irish music beginning in the mid 20th century, bluegrass music uses a broad range of musical instruments including acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, fiddle, mandolin and the upright bass. Comprised of multiple-part, vocal harmonization, bluegrass music is primarily geared toward religious, sentimental and traditional themes. Bluegrass music often shares its focus on themes with "folk music".
Jerry Garcia (from the Grateful Dead) and Peter Rowan are credited for introducing bluegrass music to the rock culture during the 1960s with their album, "Old and in the Way." Since that time, bluegrass music has expanded into two subcategories including, Traditional Bluegrass and Progressive. but still remains separate.
Used in the films "Deliverance;" "Cold Mountain;" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" - bluegrass music still gains acclaim for its unprecedented style and uniqueness.
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