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On this date, October 28, 1947, the original Bluegrass Boys’ final Columbia recordings were made. At that time, the band consisted of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise and Cedric Rainwater. The 28 songs recorded by the Blue Grass Boys for Columbia Records in 1946 and 1947 soon became classics of the genre, […]

The Seldom Scene The Seldom Scene is a groundbreaking bluegrass band that has been entertaining fans for over four decades. The band was formed on November 1, 1971, by John Duffey after leaving the Country Gentlemen.  John Duffey(mandolin), John Starling (guitar and lead vocals), Ben Eldridge (banjo), Mike Auldridge (Dobro™), and Tom Gray (bass) made […]

By Wayne Erbsen There are many ways to close out a bluegrass show, but I always favor ending an evening’s entertainment with a rousing version of I’ll Fly Away. This song is the perfect choice because everybody knows it and they love to sing along. Recently, I started digging into the origins of I’ll Fly Away, and […]

The United States has a rich history of traditional music, originating from the colonists who settled in the Appalachian mountains and mixed their musical traditions from their home countries.  The two most popular styles of traditional music in the US include Old Time and Bluegrass.  In fact, many people group the two styles together for [...]