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The Bennington College Mandolin Class

Bluegrass in Vermont

Bennington College Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont started as a women’s college in 1932 and transitioned to a co-educational institution in 1969.  One of its claims to fame is that the college was “the first to include visual and performing arts as an equal partner to the liberal arts curriculum.”  As a performing art, bluegrass slowly…

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Bass Violin Staff (left to right): Tony Morton, Bob Beerman, Teresa Rasco, Cody Rex, and Rachel York // Photo by Gary Hatley

Greensboro’s Bass Violin Shop

If you take an ailing bass fiddle into Bob Beerman’s shop for repairs, you feel as if you are entering an operating room. The instrument is gently laid upon a table in the back room then one employee examines the patient while another hovers with a clipboard jotting down its diagnosis. Beerman is the veteran…

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Photo by Jamie Plain

John Hartford

Headwaters of a Legend Born December 30, 1937, in New York City, John Cowan Hartford grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he cultivated a passion for the Mississippi River and music.  Upon seeing Flatt & Scruggs perform live at the Chain of Rocks Amusement Park in St. Louis in 1953, John was immediately drawn…

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Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, (left to right) Melvin Goins, Curly Ray Cline, Ezra Cline, and Ray Goins.

The 2023 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Inductees

As John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers were to British rock guitar, Muddy Waters was to electric blues, and Miles Davis was to modern Jazz, West Virginia’s Lonesome Pine Fiddlers (LPF) were to bluegrass music. The group was a training ground, a triple A ball team if you will, for a genre that has grown exponentially since its beginnings…

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The Earls of Leicester Performing at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum. // Photo by Joel Quimby

Great American Bluegrass Jam Weekend Recap

Bluegrass music was thriving throughout every corner of downtown Owensboro, Kentucky with the inaugural Great American Bluegrass Jam.  Held on March 17th-19th, the bluegrass weekend concept evolved from the city’s effort to reinforce Owensboro as a destination for all bluegrass fans.  On Friday, things kicked off early at the Holiday Inn Riverfront as pickers were…

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The Jimmy Martin exhibit case currently on display at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky

Daring to Be Different

Photo by Jamie Plain Determination and a Dream Icons are created by following their own paths.  Jimmy Martin’s legacy in bluegrass music is the result of determination, blind dedication to the music, and the courage to do things his way.  Inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 1995, Martin’s influence within the genre…

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