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    Bluegrass (suggestions and such)

    Building up a bluegrass station on Pandora and looking for suggestions for acts that I might have not of heard of.

    I like most bluegrass, prefer the more Brett Ratliff or Union Station with Alison Krauss type but am open to more types. I have a station already but I thumbed up a lot of bluegrass cover bands and it has gotten a little annoying but I like to listen to it for those types of things so I don't want to kill it outright by modifying it.

    Let me know what your faves are.

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    The Soggy Bottom Boys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    The Soggy Bottom Boys
    yeah that ends up getting me a lot of covers. I think that might be the seed I started my original station from.
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    How about some green grass.

    10 minutes of pure jamming.

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    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. They are kind of jazzy though

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    My favorite local radio station is WNCW, and they play a lot of bluegrass. Some of their show segments are focused on classics, some on new stuff, and some shows have absolutely nothing to do with bluegrass (they have a blues show, a Frank Zappa show, and a bunch of other stuff).

    I'd totally recommend pulling up their website and digging through their playlists. Or, stream it and pick out what you like.

    Right now, my favorite new bluegrass band is Fireside Collective. Most of the guys live just a few miles away from me, and I usually get to see them live pretty often, but they tour all over, too. A couple of the guys were in a hippie jam band before doing bluegrass, and you catch that in some of their stuff sometimes. They also like doing Beatles covers from time to time. But their original stuff is great.

    Probably my favorite of theirs.



    Also a big fan of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Also technically local, but they get around more. I've seen them both with and without Steve Martin, who is pretty rad on the banjo.


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    I think Molly Tuttle should fit your playlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I think Molly Tuttle should fit your playlist.
    Holy hell no joke. I saw her the first time last year and she shreds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. They are kind of jazzy though

    Love their stuff.
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    It is, as stated a bit jazz hybridized, but I like that about it.

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    Greensky Bluegrass
    The Infamous Stringdusters
    Mandolin Orange
    Elephant Revival
    Wailin' Jennys (very girly, but they do an awesome cover of Neil Young's "Old Man")

    Some more folk/Americana bands I like:
    Mighty Oaks
    Bear's Den
    Stu Larsen
    The Strumbellas
    The Oh Hellos

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    For more traditional I lean toward the fiddle....
    O’Connor is hard to beat....
    I really like good mandolin.

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    I can not believe no one has mentioned The Avett Brothers. They are simply the best of all american bands in this genre and maybe one of the top 10 (and 100% certainly the most under-rated band) of ANY genre...

    The Avett Brothers starter kit:

    - No Hard Feelings
    - Morning Song
    - I Wish I Was
    - February Seven
    - If it's the Beaches
    - November Blue
    - I and Love and You
    - Fathers First Spring
    - High Steppin'
    - When you learn
    - Better Here
    - Shame
    - Paranoia in B Flat Major
    - Head Full of Doubt
    - The Perfect Space
    - Laundry Room
    - Open Ended Life
    - Part from Me
    - Murder in the City
    - Ain't No Man
    - True Sadness
    - Satan Pulls the Strings
    - The Weight of Lies

    And here's a hot link to get you started. The first time I heard this song I swore it was cover. Nope:



    If you listen to those songs you will be obsessed. I promise. They are so frickin talented it is crazy. They have a documentary on them by Judd Apatow that just makes you appreciate their talent.

    https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/ma...avett-brothers

    Sorry, I'm pretty passionate about their music!
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    Okay just added direct links to the song titles for ease of checking them out.
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    More outliers but I like ‘em...



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    Dang thanks for all the great options! I grabbed a bunch that I had never heard of (most) and add them to a radio station. Looking forward to listening to it right after my meetings are over for the day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. They are kind of jazzy though
    Love them and I really like bluegrass cross over/mashups actually. Enjoy stuff like gangstagrass as well as more traditional stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    My favorite local radio station is WNCW, and they play a lot of bluegrass. Some of their show segments are focused on classics, some on new stuff, and some shows have absolutely nothing to do with bluegrass (they have a blues show, a Frank Zappa show, and a bunch of other stuff).

    I'd totally recommend pulling up their website and digging through their playlists. Or, stream it and pick out what you like.

    Right now, my favorite new bluegrass band is Fireside Collective. Most of the guys live just a few miles away from me, and I usually get to see them live pretty often, but they tour all over, too. A couple of the guys were in a hippie jam band before doing bluegrass, and you catch that in some of their stuff sometimes. They also like doing Beatles covers from time to time. But their original stuff is great.

    Probably my favorite of theirs.



    Also a big fan of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Also technically local, but they get around more. I've seen them both with and without Steve Martin, who is pretty rad on the banjo.

    The steep canyon rangers are great, I like when they do the Steve martin stuff, and without him. Steve Martin has certainly added some exposure to bluegrass music and banjos in general I think.

    Fireside collective sounds great and never heard of them before.
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    Gillian Welch
    David Rawlings
    Jason Isbell
    Old Crow Medicine Show

    Some of those are more country/americana but just throwing them out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I think Molly Tuttle should fit your playlist.
    Absolutely. Likely the best flat-picking guitarist on the planet currently. Hammer claws the guitar as well. Oh and has a great voice.

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    I like the Dead South. Found them on Youtube by accident a few years ago.

    Lemme guess, you thumbed up some stuff by The Cleverlys? They're a hilarious bluegrass cover band, if anyone isn't aware of them.

    Great example of Molly Tuttle's clawhammer guitar, even though the song itself got overplayed a bit owing to being used in a truck commercial (bonus bike content in the vid).



    This one ought to get net wurker into this thread (I have personally experienced his lana playlist in his truck).


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    Since neither of those were really all that bluegrass, here she is with Billy Strings.


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    Bluegrass (suggestions and such)

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    Check out some of the stuff Del McCoury and Steve Earle did together.
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    The worst bluegrass song ever written according to the artist, REKjr. He's not a bluegrass singer, but this song rocks and so funny, check it out.

    Jammed with the guitar to many bluegrass nights back in the day, never really paid attention to whose songs they were just played along by ear.

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    Some good music recommendations in here but I wouldn't consider a lot of it bluegrass. I'll definitely second the Billy Strings suggestion though. Maybe also check out Chatham County Line.. a local to me bluegrass band.. as with most bands I listen to, I prefer their older stuff.

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    Flat and Scruggs....

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    Travelin’ McCourys

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    Thanks Phillbo, those two are the kings of bluegrass.

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    Not sure if this "bluegrass" or not as I only like both types of music, country and western. I'll let you decide and educate me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    Thanks Phillbo, those two are the kings of bluegrass.
    Bill Monroe?
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    I suggest revising your musical tastes.
    The only important thing these days, is rhythm and melody. Rhythm...and melody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    Not sure if this "bluegrass" or not
    Nope.

    There's a lot of cross-influence these days between bluegrass and other country/folk/Americana music styles, partly owing to the fact that there are plenty of festivals that throw all these musicians together, and they become friends, and do lots of collaborations. I went to a little local music festival where the main acts were Taj Mahal (very much not bluegrass, but he's certainly learned some things from it and has been influenced by it) and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

    The Avett Brothers, for example, are definitely not bluegrass, even though they clearly have some bluegrass influence on their music. Others, like Molly Tuttle, sometimes play bluegrass and sometimes not. The show where I saw her, she opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, another band that sometimes plays bluegrass, and sometimes doesn't.

    If we're going to start throwing out classics like Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe, you've gotta add the king of flatpicking, Doc Watson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Nope.

    There's a lot of cross-influence these days between bluegrass and other country/folk/Americana music styles, partly owing to the fact that there are plenty of festivals that throw all these musicians together, and they become friends, and do lots of collaborations. I went to a little local music festival where the main acts were Taj Mahal (very much not bluegrass, but he's certainly learned some things from it and has been influenced by it) and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

    The Avett Brothers, for example, are definitely not bluegrass, even though they clearly have some bluegrass influence on their music. Others, like Molly Tuttle, sometimes play bluegrass and sometimes not. The show where I saw her, she opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, another band that sometimes plays bluegrass, and sometimes doesn't.

    If we're going to start throwing out classics like Flatt & Scruggs and Bill Monroe, you've gotta add the king of flatpicking, Doc Watson.
    Such a purist,

    I totally agree they (Avett Bros) are not 100% bluegrass, but they defintely have some songs that are as well as have taken most of the good and as you said, rolled into a blended style of folk and Americana and are producing music that pretty much guarantees if you like bluegrass, you will them. Case in point:

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    Banjos are like harmonicas, the music, when played right pulls at your soul through time. They are instruments of talent, much like a violin, without the classical music requirements to truly appreciate them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Banjos are like harmonicas, the music, when played right pulls at your soul through time. They are instruments of talent, much like a violin, without the classical music requirements to truly appreciate them.
    And the canjo is great for camping!


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    Do a search for David Lee Roth and The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band. Bluegrass VH covers, altho Roth only sings on one or two, if I'm not mistaken.

    Also the Dixie Dregs (aka The Dregs) have a few bluegrassy tunes. Mark O'Connor (mentioned above) played fiddle with them for a while. 🎻
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    Thanks Harold, appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Banjos are like harmonicas, the music, when played right pulls at your soul through time. They are instruments of talent, much like a violin, without the classical music requirements to truly appreciate them.
    Amen. If you’ve ever sat down right in front of a really good banjo player teamed up with a mandolin and fiddle player, and at the very least, your foot doesn’t start tapping, well then I guess there’s no hope for ya.
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    a few songs I quite like.






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    Check this out, it's an almost 100-page thread on bluegrass: https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threa...thread.649830/

    A cool link from that thread on women in bluegrass: https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/...s-glass-ceili/
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