If you were to try to describe bluegrass music to someone who had never heard it, you could talk for hours and probably still not do it justice. But heres an easier solution: Just play the dozen tracks in our Bluegrass For Beginners playlist, and that will do as a rough neophytes guide to the genre.
It wont make you an expert, but its a start on learning the styles building blocks - which will come in handy leading up to the International Bluegrass Music Associations World of Bluegrass festival. Well do a song per day, concluding on Sept. 22, when our special IBMA preview section will roll out.
And here is our first selection, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, written by Shelby native Earl Scruggs in 1949. Say the phrase bluegrass instrumental, and for most people this is probably what comes to mind. Foggy Mountain Breakdown has been covered by virtually everyone in bluegrass, but the best version is by Flatt & Scruggs. This version is from the Grand Ole Opry, circa 1965.