'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' in 'Bluegrass for Beginners'

Posted by David Menconi on September 21, 2013 

Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys - Swing Low Sweet Chariot (From "The Country Show: with Stars of the Grand Ole Opry" 1955). Bill Monroe: mandolin; Jackie Phelps: guitar; Merle "Red" Taylor: fiddle; Bobby Hicks: banjo; Ernie Newton: bass.


Gospel has always been a key part of bluegrass, a style that lends itself well to African-American spirituals. So for the 11th and penultimate entry in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” survey, we have a spectacular 1955 version of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and his Blue Grass Boys.

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