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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.


The Story We Tell

The Story We Tell

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.

See all recordings from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.

The Best of Bill Monroe

The Best of Bill Monroe

By Bill Monroe

A selection of music from the “Father of Bluegrass” and his band, the Blue Grass Boys.

See all recordings from Bill Monroe.

Windy City

Windy City

By Alison Krauss

The newest studio album from Alison Krauss, who has won 27 Grammys—most of any living artist.

See all recordings from Alison Krauss.

The Essential Earl Scruggs

The Essential Earl Scruggs

By Earl Scruggs

A collection of music from throughout the career of one of the most influential banjo players of all time.

See all recordings from Earl Scruggs.

The Phosphorescent Blues

The Phosphorescent Blues

By The Punch Brothers

The progressive bluegrass band’s most recent full-length album blends traditional bluegrass instrumentation with elements from other genres.

See all recordings from The Punch Brothers.

Bluegrass: A History

Bluegrass: A History

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.


Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound

Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound

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.


The Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies 1991–2014

The Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies 1991–2014

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.


Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass

Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass

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.


Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo

Teach Yourself Bluegrass Banjo

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.

Also try the free lessons in bluegrass banjo, guitar, double bass, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, and voice on ArtistWorks.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 30 years

Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 30 years

Performances, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from the annual festival in Colorado.


The Best of Bluegrass Underground

The Best of Bluegrass Underground

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.



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