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Old 11-29-2001, 01:40 PM
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Can some music affecionado please tell me the difference between 'Bluegrass' and 'Country and Western' A friend was asking me this after hearing an Alison Krauss track in the car.
Is bluegrass a 'style' of c & w or separate ? Quick answers please so that when I give her a lift again she'll think I know what I'm talking about !!
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Old 11-29-2001, 02:48 PM
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Hi Chris,

Good question! Alison Krauss is bluegrass. I'm not the affecionado on this, but I *think* bluegrass is kind of "hill" music, born in the backroads of the mountains (I love it). Bluegrass has a different sound than Country & Western (also good). Compare Alison Kraus with Garth Brooks. There's a definite difference. Hope this helps (but if you want to be correct, you might not want to tell her bluegrass was born in the mountains unless someone else confirms this). Just tell her it's different.

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Old 11-29-2001, 03:06 PM
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There is a definate difference between country music and bluegrass. Bluegrass originated in Kentucky and unlike country where vocals are common, Bluegrass is more of an insturmental type music with a very fast paced picking of stringed instruments such as the banjo, guitar and violin accompanied by various percussion instruments like blowing on a jug and a wash board. It has a unique sound all it's own. If you ever saw the movie "Deliverance" with Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight there was a great Bluegrass segment in it where they play Dueling Banjos with a guitar and a banjo. Hope that helps.
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Old 11-29-2001, 03:14 PM
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I'll certainly agree with you on the 'pace' of the instrumental backing of Alison Krauss with her band Union Station some phenomenal work on banjo and dobra.
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Old 11-29-2001, 03:27 PM
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For more acurate info check this page out
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Old 11-29-2001, 04:53 PM
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Thanks for the link DJ, I've just pulled it and I'll read it later. I've quite a bit of Alison Krauss material and saw Nanci Griffith a few weeks ago in Manchester. NG called her music 'backwoods' style !
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Old 11-29-2001, 08:34 PM
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Great link Debbie! Thanks.

Chris,
I thought you had bluegrass festivals on your side of the pond. Am I wrong? Now I feel like picking up a mandolin, but I wouldn't know what to do with it.

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Old 11-29-2001, 08:47 PM
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You're welcome. I've always loved Bluegrass music but I never really stopped to think about it before so that question was harder to answer than I first thought.
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Old 11-30-2001, 07:56 AM
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DJ,

Your link certainly clarified the divisions between the different styles and interesting to see how the result was pushed forward by the influence of the one artist, Monroe. There’s lots of people, styles and influences tossing their bit into the common pot.

Ed as regards bluegrass over here I’m not aware of festivals but if Glastonbury is ever run again I’ve no doubt it will be represented.

Just heard this morning that George Harrison has dropped off the perch, cancer having caught up with him and far away from his hometown of Liverpool. Well you can't flee cancer but you can flee Liverpool.
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Old 11-30-2001, 08:30 AM
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I just saw that about George. It's a real loss for the music world.

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