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neo mandolin
Aug-22-2004, 10:44pm
As a new guy (at 28 years of age) to bluegrass, the mandolin and such I was wondering, what is the difference between bluegrass and tradtional folk songs or "appalachian music"?

John Flynn
Aug-23-2004, 5:43am
Bluegrass is a specific genre of music created by Bill Monroe and some of his contemporaries, starting in the late 1930s. He drew on influences of "old-time music" (of which appalacian mountain music was a big part)and blues.

Attached is a very short paper I wrote on some of the differences.