Antedating of "Blue Grass" Music

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 21 11:50:16 UTC 2013

Maybe the 1939 radio show featured classical musicians from Kentucky.

Or old-time (non-"bluegrass") string bands.

"Bluegrass," as played by Bill Monroe and others, is rooted in folk styles,
but its arrangements are distinctive and sophisticated.


On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at>
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> > It seems odd that such a term would first be  found in connection with a
> > Boston radio station.  It is also possible that the term here is
> referring to > some other kind of music emanating from Kentucky.
> That could well be, but my memory is that, back in the day, blue grass
> was considered to be an important genre of American folk-music, like
> Cowboy/Western and Negro spirituals, also broadcast around the country
> and featured in the movies.
> There used to be a traveling stage-show, called the "American Folk
> Festival," that included not only the usual American sounds, but also
> even (white) folk-music music from Europe and "the other USA": the
> Union of South Africa, such as the stylings of Joseph Marais &
> Miranda.
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