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BLUEGRASS INTRODUCTION

In the l940s and l950s, as mainstream country music embraced more sophisticated arrangements and electric instruments, a branch of it rebelled and began to develop new styles with the classic acoustic instruments like the banjo, the fiddle, and the mandolin. By the early l950s people were starting to call this music Bluegrass, in deference to the band that defined it, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. One critic called it "folk music in overdrive," as it emphasized breathtaking tempos, dazzling instrumental virtuosity, jazz-like solos, and sky-high vocal harmonies.

The great founders of Bluesgrass,

the bands of Bill Monroe and of Flatt and Scruggs, are well represented in the Bear Family catalogue, as are the other first generation pioneers like The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Hylo Brown, and Jimmy Martin. Here are the recordings that defined modern bluegrass. They’re required listening for anyone interested in the genre.

Related to bluegrass is another series of Bear Family sets, these devoted to old-time country and gospel music--the music that was the foundation for bluegrass. Here are classic singers like Molly O'Day, Rose Maddox, Sara and Maybelle Carter, and Grandpa Jones, in performances that helped keep country in touch with its folk roots.

 CHARLES WOLFE

   
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(Beat Goes On) 45 Tracks - Four albums of the Earl Scruggs revue from 1973, 1974 and 1977, after Flatt & Scruggs split up, Earl founded The Earl Scruggs Revue with his two sons. Earl Scruggs can look back on a long, outstanding and award-winning career, as these...

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Glen Campbell: Amazing Grace - 14 Hymns and Gospel Favorites (CD)
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Gene Watson: My Gospel Roots (CD)
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The 50 Guitars Of Tommy Garrett: Six Flags Over Texas & Go Country (CD)
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The Grascals: Before Breakfast (CD)
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Amber Cross: Savage On The Downhill (CD)
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(2014/Acoustic Disc) 16 tracks - Del McCoury Band together with David Grisman

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Elvis Presley: His Hand In Mine - The Original Collection #13 (CD)
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(1996/BMG-NL) 15 Tracks - 1960, original album reissue!

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Doc And Merle Watson: Never The Same Way Once (7-CD)
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Yonder Mountain String Band: Love, Ain't Love (CD)
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Rhonda Vincent: Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary - American Grandstand (CD)
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Bobby Osborne: Original (CD)
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Jessi Colter: The Psalms (CD)
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Jimmy McCracklin: Gotta Travel On (2-CD)
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(2002/Fuel) 20 tracks, Cut-Out (small drill hole in corner) new stock copy (Bear Family Records)

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Various: Muddy Roots Recording Artists - Sampler (CD)
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Joseph Huber: The Hanging Road (CD)
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The Glade City Rounders: They're After Us (CD)
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The Infamous Stringdusters: Laws Of Gravity (CD)
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Darin And Brooke Aldridge: Faster And Farther (CD)
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Alison Krauss: Windy City (CD)
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Alison Krauss: Windy City (CD) (Deluxe Edition)
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Ralph Stanley: The Bottom Line Archive (CD)
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Reba McEntire: Sing It Now - Songs Of Faith & Hope (2-CD)
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Various: An Introduction To Gospel (CD, Cut-Out)
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Various: Precious Lord - Gospel Gold (CD)
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Various: Red, White & Bluegrass - An American Bluegrass Celebration (CD)
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Jimmy Martin: & The Sunny Mountain Boys (5-CD)
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Rhonda Vincent: All The Rage (CD)
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John McEuen: Roots Music - Made In Brooklyn (CD)
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Bill Monroe: Castle Studio 1950-1951 - Complete Sessions
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