I love bluegrass music. Something about those twangy metal strings. Even though I grew up in KY, I didn’t listen to it much and didn’t have any friends or family who listened to it. I acquired the taste in the last 10 years or so.
If you have some interest in the music and like it enough to want to learn more and maybe even start a collection, here are some recommendations in order. You can download some or buy a used copy off Amazon.
Good variety from early pioneers like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs then through Del McCoury and JD Crowe up to Alison Krauss. Also has highly recognizable stuff like “Dueling Banjos” from that awful film and Beverly Hillbillies TV theme.
Hand-Picked: 25 years of Rounders (major bluegrass label)
2 CD set for cheap with great stuff on it. “Old Home Place” and “High on a Mountain” are two of my favs. “Barrel of Fun” makes my instrumental list.
Home on the Highways: Band Picked Favorites by Alison Krauss and Union Station (available at Cracker Barrel. The Ricky Scaggs “High Notes” is really good, too) Her voice, her fiddling, plus Dan Tyminski are simply awesome. Also a good intro to Alison, some tracks are more of a pop/country sound than pure bluegrass.
For the Advanced: If you are already a fan and like the high, twangy voice and great picking, download “Deeper Shade of Blue” by Del McCoury today!
Now on to some of My Favorites:
- “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn” by Alison Krauss and Union Station
- “The Old Home Place” by JD Crowe and the New South
- “Rain Rain Please Go Away” by Alison Krauss and Union Station
- “Bright Sunny South” by Alison Krauss and Union Station
- “High on a Mountain” by Del McCoury
- “True Love Never Dies” by Del McCoury
- “A Deeper Shade of Blue” by Del McCoury
- “Big Rock in the Road” by Del McCoury
Great Gospel Bluegrass songs:
- “I Know His Voice” by Del McCoury
- “Every Humble Knee Must Bow” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band
- “Recoverin’ Pharisee” by Del McCoury
- “On the Sea of Life” by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
- “Unionhouse Branch” by Alison Krauss and Union Station
- “Choctaw Hayride” by Alison Krauss and Union Station
- “Barrel of Fun” by Country Cooking
- “Crazy Creek” by Bill Keith
- “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Boys
- “Nine Pound Hammer” by the Kentucky Colonels
- “Quicksburg Rendezvous” by Del McCoury