Bluegrass | Digital Traditions

Generally considered a variant of country music, bluegrass is a hybrid of old-time country and string-band music; British folk songs; improvisation and syncopation, reflecting the influence of blues and jazz; and a wide variety of popular commercial music. Although frequently considered “mountain music,” bluegrass was created by Bill Monroe in Rosine, Kentucky – far from the hills of Appalachia. Key instruments in the genre include the mandolin and the 5-string banjo.

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Ahrens, Pat All Male Chorus of Blacksburg Arnold, Mac Ayers, Sara Basket, Nancy Baylor, Amos Bellow, Roger Bennett, Mary Jane Benson, JD Blackwell, Richard Boggs, Horatio Manning Bollack, James Booker...
The Lucas Family Photos | Digital Traditions
The Lucas Family Photos | Digital Traditions

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It all started when great-grandfather Daniel Lucas first picked up the fiddle. Daniel’s son, Jerod, was a regular guest on the WIS radio Barn Dance in Columbia during the 1940s. Daniel’s grandsons...
Will Julian Audio Transcript | Digital Traditions
Will Julian Audio Transcript | Digital Traditions

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A native of the upstate, Julian was born and raised near Vineland School in Pickens County. A farmer for over forty years, the Julian family is deeply rooted in old-time country music. Julian's...
Pat Ahrens Audio Transcripts
Pat Ahrens Audio Transcripts

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Pat Ahrens has dedicated over 40 years of her life to supporting South Carolina’s rich folk heritage by promoting bluegrass, old time country and gospel music.
Goin' To Rocky Island Audio Transcripts
Goin' To Rocky Island Audio Transcripts

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PRODUCED BY Old Homestead Records, 1984. Bill Wells - rhythm guitar & lead vocals. Born in Cromona, Kentucky, Wells and his family moved to Norton, Virginia, when Bill was six months old. At the age...