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Bluegrass for Beginners
Listen to a dozen classic Bluegrass tunes from our playlist to become familiar with the genre.
We're rolling out a dozen songs to introduce bluegrass to folks who aren't familiar with the music. We'll start with the 1949 Flatt & Scruggs classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."
The second tune of our "Bluegrass for Beginners" countdown brings us to one of the greats, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe.
“Rocky Top” isn’t just a Tennessee Volunteers fight song, it’s one of the great bluegrass songs of the past century.
Our fourth entry in the pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown is “Orange Blossom Special,” one of the great train songs (and it was written by a North Carolina native).
Our fifth installment of "Bluegrass for Beginners" is one from the legendary Carter Family.
"Feudin' Banjos," memorably plagiarized as the "Deliverance" movie song "Dueling Banjos," is our sixth installment of "Bluegrass for Beginners."
Flatt & Scruggs’ “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms,” a recast version of an old Monroe Brothers tune, is the eighth of 12 selections in our “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.“I Wonder Where You Are Tonight,” as performed by the pedigree-rich Jim and Jesse McReynolds, is our ninth of 12 songs in pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” survey.The great Ralph Stanley’s version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” is the 10th installment in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.As performed by father of bluegrass Bill Monroe, the African-American spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is number 11 in our pre-IBMA "Bluegrass for Beginners" countdown.To conclude our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown, Steve Martin teams up with Brevard’s Steep Canyon Rangers for “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs.”With the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass gathering in Raleigh, the Grass Cats put on a demonstration of high-level picking and singing.
“I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home” is No. 7 in our pre-IBMA “Bluegrass for Beginners” countdown.