Podcast: Bluegrass 101 pt. 2, The Innovators
Episode #17-18 | airing 5-03-17

This week we conclude our two part feature Bluegrass 101 with a program focusing on the Innovators. Almost from it’s conception players began to alter the music much to the dismay of Bill Monroe. This week we’ll hear some of those innovators including The Country Gentlemen, Old and In the Way, Alison Brown and some remarkable recordings made by Bill Monroe with melodic Bluegrass banjoist Bill Keith. Bluegrass Innovators on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys / “Devil’s Dream” / Bill Monroe 1959-1969 / Bear Family
The Country Gentlemen / “Handsome Molly” / On the Road / Vanguard
The Dillards / “Walkin’ Down the Line” / Live!!! Almost!!! / Elektra
The Charles River Valley Boys / “Ticket to Ride” / Beatle Country / Rounder
Doc Watson & Clarence White / “Beaumont Rag” / Long Journey Home / Vanguard

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Jimmy Martin / “Sunny Side of the Mountain” / Will the Circle Be Unbroken / Liberty
Old & In The Way / “High Lonesome Sound” / That High Lonesome Sound / Acoustic Disc
Muleskinner / “Muleskinner Blues” / A Potpourri of Bluegrass Jam / Sierra
Country Cooking / “Big Ben” / Country Cooking / Rounder
J D Crowe and the New South / “I’m Walkin’” / JD Crowe and the New South / Rounder
Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys / “Devil’s Dream” / Bill Monroe 1959-1969 / Bear Family

Earl Scruggs / “Never Ending Song of Love” / I Saw the Light / Columbia-Legacy
The New Grass Revival / “Spring Peepers” / Barren County / Flying Fish
Alison Krauss / “Down to the River to Pray” / O Brother Where Art Thou / Lost Highway

Alison Brown / “G Bop” / Quartet / Vanguard
Steve Martin / “Late For School” / The Crow / Self Produced
Steep Canyon Rangers / “Diamonds in the Dust” / Radio / Rounder
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He's been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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