“This well-researched volume reaches deep into the roots of bluegrass and follows its long journey to the modern age.”
—Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick,
former president of the International Bluegrass Music Association
and founding member of Hot Rize / Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers
Based on exclusive interviews with over ninety groundbreaking musicians, Craig Harris has crafted what feels like the first truly comprehensive history of bluegrass. His research and never-before-seen photos make Bluegrass a new authority on the genre’s strongest influencers. Highlights include entertaining facts and anecdotes about Flatt & Scruggs, Del McCoury, Doc Watson, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more.
About the Author
Craig Harris is a drummer for the Gaea Star Band with whom he co-hosts a weekly radio show. He has several published books about folk music, including The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music
. He has performed and recorded with C. J. Chenier, Greg Brown, Merl Saunders, and the late Rick Danko of The Band. He taught music in public and charter schools before launching his participatory, multicultural, fun-for-all-ages Drum Away the Blues program, which promotes healthy stress relief through music.
Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-Time, and Americana Music
Written by Craig Harris
400 pp. 6x9 63 b/w photos. Notes Index
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Country & Bluegrass
MUSIC / History & Criticism
ISBN: 9781455624010 pb