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Love Of Bluegrass Music

Updated on January 14, 2013

I Love Bluegrass Music

My first love in music was of the Oldies genre. Then came bluegrass and old-timey Country and Western music. Whenever I could find a channel on the radio with bluegrass music, I would turn up the music, sing with the songs and do the thigh slapping bit. Bluegrass music raises my spirits like no other music can. My adrenaline goes sky high and I am flying. I hope I can help to explain how much Bluegrass music means to me.

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Bluegrass Music

is a sub-genre of Country Music

Bluegrass Music At It's Best - Why Don't You Listen To Some Now

Five String Banjo
Five String Banjo

Bluegrass Music On The Radio

Possibly Saved Mine and My Husband's Life

How you say did bluegrass music helped me do my job? Many years ago when I was first learning to drive a semi-truck with a 52 foot trailer on the back, it was my turn to drive for 10 hours. I had already completed the basic training that allowed me to get my driver's license. Now my husband was my trainer. In XXXXXXXX, XX, he hit the sleeper bunk and I jumped into the driver's seat.

The road was very, very dark, mountainous and had so many dangerous curves and cliffs that I was scared and sleepy. Either one is enough to kill a truck driver or his partner. I started searching the radio for a station to help keep me awake. It wasn't very long before I found a bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and oldies country music station. This thrilled me to death as these are three of my favorite music genres. I was able to stay awake the whole 10 hours until we reached Cincinnati, OH. On time, my husband stuck his head out the door and I was singing and slapping my thigh to the music. I was high on the music. My adrenalin was flowing to the max. Needless to say, he went back to bed.

I pulled into a truck stop in Cincinnati and it was his turn to take over the wheel. I was never able to find that station again. But, thank the Lord, I did find it that night when I needed it the most.

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Alison Krauss - At MerleFest 2007

Alison Krauss at MerleFest 2007
Alison Krauss at MerleFest 2007

Alison Krauss has some lovely music. Alison is not only a bluegrass singer, she also writes bluegrass music and plays the fiddle. She did her first recording when she was 14. She later joined the band called Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS). She is still with them. At the Grammy Awards of 1995, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" won the Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

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Bluegrass has

3 official sub-genres and 1 unofficial sub-genre that I will talk about.

Jimmy Martin
Jimmy Martin

Traditional Bluegrass

Such As Folk Songs

Traditional Bluegrass includes Folk Songs, simple traditional cord progressions, and mostly relies on acoustic stringed instruments (fiddle, five string banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and upright bass).

The picture is of Jimmy Martin, who's instruments of preference were a guitar and a mandolin. He is a perfect example of a Traditional Bluegrass artist. He put out 16 albums and 5 singles. He also sang with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He died in 2005 of bladder cancer.

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Traditional Bluegrass Music - To Sing With And Slap Your Thighs

The String Cheese Incident Band
The String Cheese Incident Band

Progressive Bluegrass

Use Electric Instruments

The Progressive Bluegrass use electric instruments (electric instruments, drums, piano, and more) and import songs from other genres, particularly rock & roll.

The String Cheese Incident Band is a good example of a Progressive Bluegrass band. They are a jam band. They have 10 albums, a live series that has been going on since 2002, and 8 videos.

Wikipedia, Public Domain.

Unknown Band Playing Gospel Music
Unknown Band Playing Gospel Music

Bluegrass Gospel

My Favorite And Last Of Official Sub-Genres

Bluegrass Gospel is my favorite of all of the bluegrass genre. I love to listen to it as it gives me peace of mind. I love the special way that they sing these gospel songs. There are many sub-genres of the gospel music so you need to pick out the one you like best. Bluegrass Gospel music tends to utilize choirs, use piano and/or Hammond organ, drums, bass guitar and, increasingly, electric guitar.

I love the music of Dolly Pardon when she sings gospel music. I guess the sub-genres of the gospel music are Christian Country Music and Celtic Gospel.

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Bluegrass Gospel Music - For Your Listening Pleasure

The Grascals
The Grascals

Neo-Traditional Bluegrass

An Unofficial Sub-Genre of Bluegrass

The Neo-Traditional Bluegrass phase started in the 1990s. Some of the artists that you might remember are Grascals, Mountain Heart, plus more. The Grascals teamed up with Dolly Parton to do "I Am Strong." Two movies using the Neo-Traditional Bluegrass was featured in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Deliverance"

Wikipedia, Public Domain.

Neo-Traditional Bluegrass Music - An Unofficial Sub-Genre of Bluegrass

Neo-Traditional Bluegrass Music Videos - Enjoy Watching and Listening to This Wonderful Music

California Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

Find out if any are close to you

June 17-23, 2013 Susanville Bluegrass Festival held in Susanville, CA.

October 4, 5, & 6, 2013 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival in San Francisco, CA at the Golden Gate Park. This concert is a gift from billionaire investment banker Warren Hellman, who died in 2011.

Colorado Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

Find out if any are close to you.

I love to find music festivals that are close enough for me to attend. The tickets are selling out quickly so you might want to get them soon if you want to attend. If you don't live close enough to drive there and home again, you need to check out the availability of rooms as these are filling up very quickly.

June 20-23, 2013 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival to be held in Telluride, CO.

July 26-28, 2013 RockyGrass to be held in Lyons, CO.

August 16-18, 2013 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival to be held in Lyons, CO.

Connecticut Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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May 30-June 2, 2013 Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival held in Preston, CT at Strawberry Park.

Indiana Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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June 8-15, 2013 47th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Music Festival to be held in Morgantown, IN.

Kansas Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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September 18-22, 2013 Walnut Valley Festival held in Winfield, Kansas.

Kentucky Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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Early October Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration held in Rosine,KY. The date has not been published as yet. When it is, I will change it.

Massachusetts Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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February 15-17, 2013 Joe Val Bluegrass Music Festival in Framingham, MA. This is in the Boston, MA area.

New York Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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July 18-21, 2013 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

held in Oak Hill, NY on the Walsh Farm.

Nevada Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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July 12-14, 2013 Americana Music Festival held in Virginia City, NV. It includes bluegrass, cowboy music, mountain music, and alternative country

North Carolina Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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June 30-July 4, 2013 Red White and Bluegrass Festival held in Morganton, NC.

Oct 4-6, 2013 Bluegrass Island Festival 2013held in Manteo, NC at Roanoke Island Festival Park, which is on the outer banks of NC.

Tennessee Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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September 27-28, 2013 IBMA Fan Fest held in Nashville, TN. Details haven't been published yet.

Texas Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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I couldn't leave out my own state of Texas. I just had to find out what we had here.

March 1-2 2013 Bluegrass Heritage Festival held in Arlington, TX at at the South Oaks Baptist Church.

April 18-21, 2013 Old Settler's Music Festival held in Austin, TX.

May 11-12, 2013 Sandyland Bluegrass Reunion held in Nacogdoches, TX at the Triple-B-Farms.

May 24-26, 2013 16th Annual Bluegrass GOSPEL Festival held in Grapeland, TX at Salmon Lake Park.

May 29-June 1, 2013 7th Melody Ranch Bluegrass Festival held in Sherman, TX at the Chrystal Opry House.

June 7-8, 2013 Overton Bluegrass and Gospel Music Festival, an all gospel bluegrass event, held in Overton, TX at the Overton City Park.

June 7-9, 2013 Texas Folklife Festival held in San Antonio, TX at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

August 16-17, 2013 Fire on the Strings held in League City, Texas at the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.

August 21-24, 2013 Deep Summer Festival held in Sherman, TX at the Chrystal Opry House.

August 29-September 1, 2013 ***

37th Annual Bluegrass Festival held in Grapeland, TX at Salmon Lake Park.

September 14-15, 2013 Sandyland Bluegrass Reunion held in Nacogdoches, TX at the Triple-B-Farms.

October 18-19, 2013 BLOOMIN' BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL and Chili Cookoff! held in Farmers Branch, TX at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.

October 24-26, 2013 Spring Creek Bluegrass Festival held in Bellville, TX at the COUSHATTE Recreation Ranch.

Virginia Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

Find out if any are close to you

May 23-25, 2013 Ralph Stanley 43rd Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival held in Coeburn, VA.

May 30-June 1 Graves Mountain Festival of Music held in Syria, VA.

Washington Bluegrass Festivals for 2013

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July 19-21, 2013 Darrington Bluegrass Festival held in Darrington, WA at the Darrington Bluegrass Music Park on Washington 530.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love listening to bluegrass music. Makes me feel relaxed. Sundae ;-)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Vikk Simmons: There was a time that I didn't like it either. You just have to find that part of it that talks to your soul.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: I find this music especially the oldtime and gospel music to be very uplifting.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @simplyoasis: Yes it was. We were under a strict time limit and I could have killed us if I had fallen to sleep. Thanks to the adrenaline rush the bluegrass music gave me, I was able to go on.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      This is a great lens, Marilyn. Thank you for introducing me to some of this music. Very joyful!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Enjoyed reading this, although I confess I'm not a major bluegrass fan. Nice job, though.

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      simplyoasis 6 years ago

      Loved your story Marilyn, what a true blessing that find was!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Thank you. I did a lot of research to find all of this information.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      You certainly do know your bluegrass music Marilyn. This was an excellent lens to do for the quest. I like bluegrass music too. It helps me exercise when I need to get some daily miles in.