If you’ve got a taste for bluegrass music after the recent Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers concert, then our collection can satisfy your craving. We’ve got hundreds of CDs, books, and DVDs covering bluegrass from its Appalachian roots to modern and even experimental forms. Here are some highlights, but search our catalog or ask a librarian for much more. Be sure you also check out the Bluegrass Music Heritage Project exhibit currently on display at Beavercreek Community Library.
By Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers’ newest album is filled with new songs from some of today’s top songwriters including Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Ronnie Bowman, and Steve Bonafel, alongside forgotten gems the band dusted off from such varied sources as The Delmore Brothers, Merle Haggard, and The Browns.
By Neil V. Rosenberg
Beginning with the musical cultures of the American South in the 1920s and 1930s, this title traces the genre through its pivotal developments during the era of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the forties. It also describes early bluegrass’ role in postwar country music, and its trials following the appearance of rock and roll.
By Robert Cantwell
Robert Cantwell engages the historical background, commercial origins, internal workings, and cultural and social significance of popular, old-time music to provide a unique musicological and sociological perspective. Well versed in the history of the tradition and as interested in those who listen to the music as in those who create it, Cantwell links bluegrass to its hillbilly roots in Appalachia and shows how the music was transformed by African American folk traditions, the influence of jazz, ragtime, blues and country music; and the growth of radio and recording technology.
By Fred Bartenstein
The International Bluegrass Music Museum presents, for the first time in book form, carefully researched and engagingly written profiles of the pioneers of bluegrass music. The authors, who knew most of the Hall of Fame members personally, document not only the facts and career accomplishments of these men and women, but also capture a sense of their personalities and their impact upon fellow musicians and fans.
By Murphy Hicks Henry
The first book devoted entirely to women in bluegrass, Pretty Good for a Girl documents the lives of more than seventy women whose vibrant contributions to the development of bluegrass have been, for the most part, overlooked. Accessibly written and organized by decade, the book begins with Sally Ann Forrester, who played accordion and sang with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys from 1943 to 1946, and continues into the present with artists such as Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and the Dixie Chicks. Drawing from extensive interviews, well-known banjoist Murphy Hicks Henry gives voice to women performers and innovators throughout bluegrass’s history, including such pioneers as Bessie Lee Mauldin, Wilma Lee Cooper, and Roni and Donna Stoneman; family bands including the Lewises, Whites, and McLains; and later pathbreaking performers such as the Buffalo Gals and other all-girl bands, Laurie Lewis, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, and many others.
By Tony Trischka
Teach yourself authentic bluegrass banjo with this book and CD pack. The book contains clear instructions on the basics: right- and left-hand techniques, solos, backup, personal advice on performance, and much more, as well as a complete selection of the best bluegrass songs to learn from. The CD contains audio versions of the examples contained in the book and backing tracks for several songs.
Performances, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from the annual festival in Colorado.
Directed by James Burton Yockey
Taped 333 feet below ground within the labyrinth of Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, contained is a compilation of the best of the twelve-part ‘musical adventure’ series. Featuring the top established and emerging artists within the bluegrass, newgrass, gospel, roots, and Americana genres.