Bluegrass Music-Chicago Style

If you ask people to describe bluegrass music, you get a wide range of answers. A lot think of nasal vocals, square dance fiddle tunes, Jed Clampett or Hee Haw. Others might know of the more modern versions of Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show or Allison Krauss. There are the classic bands like Flatt and Scruggs, Reno and Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, The Osbourne Brothers. The Newgrass musicians like Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Peter Rowan. I could go on for pages.

But. .. If you ask anyone who knows anything about Bluegrass one person they will know is Bill Monroe and for good reason.

Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys started bluegrass music. They named the style of music after the band.

It all started in 1945

The “classic” Bluegrass quintet featured Bill Monroe on mandolin, Lester Flatt on guitar, Chubby Wise on fiddle, Howard watts on upright bass, and Earl Scruggs on 5-string banjo….

Breaks were organized like a jazz quintet, harmonies were tight, energy was high, and the band was rehearsed and disciplined

This version of the band recorded 28 songs from September 16, 1946 to October 28, 1947 in four recording sessions ....

These included such classics as “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, “Toy Heart”,”lt’s Mighty Dark To Travel”, “Little Cabin Home On The Hill”, “The Old Cross Roads”, and “Molly And Tenbrooks”

The recordings were made for Columbia records

They were recorded at the Wrigley building in Chicago Illinois… Every single one…

Bluegrass Music – Chicago Style!

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