World of Bluegrass

September 21, 2013

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

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.

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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