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Syrefolk
Nov-09-2010, 12:03pm
Only heard a few bands, but I like what I've heard.
What bands/artists do you recommend for getting into bluegrass?

Preferably instrumental stuff with a lot of mandolin (like the Bill Monroe instrumentals).

SincereCorgi
Nov-09-2010, 12:48pm
I personally like the "Can't You Hear Me Callin'" box set from Sony, which can usually be gotten used for around $20. It's 4 discs of interesting and well-picked tracks that give you tastes of a lot of the major personalities. For Monroe, the hardcore will suggest the Bear Family set, but JSP has some good little 4-disc boxes that are cheaper introductions. For a mandolin survey of great still-alive-but-not-that-young players, you can't beat the Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza from Acoustic Disc.

swampstomper
Nov-09-2010, 2:17pm
Nothing against BG Mandolin Extravaganza (I own it and listen to it), but it's more a study item for serious mandolinists than a blue grass recording as such. OP is asking about bands and artists. I'd recommend going to a nearby festival and listening to lots of bands, OP will then discover the ones s/he likes and can then chat them up at the CD table -- buy their CD but also ask for their recommendations. As for groups now active to listen to in order to compare, I'd recommend the following diverse style bands, in no particular order: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Kathy Kallick and/or Laurie Lewis in their blue grass configurations, Del McCoury and/or Travelling McCourys.

tiltman
Nov-09-2010, 3:23pm
Two things come to mind:

1) 25 Years of Rounder Records - 2 cd's, wide variety of stuff, all good, but you can decide what you like and explore from there.

2) Anything by the Bluegrass Album Band - bluegrass 'super group', unsurpassed talent, great vocals, great picking, classic tunes.


That should be a good start.

Kirk Miller
Portland, OR

Syrefolk
Nov-09-2010, 4:52pm
Thanks a lot people!

Sadly can't go to any local shows, because bluegrass is next to nonexistant in Sweden.

Martian
Nov-09-2010, 4:59pm
The bluegrass album band vol. 1 A must starting place IMHO

Hallmark498
Nov-09-2010, 5:06pm
Get the teaching video of Ronnie McCoury

and watch alot of this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NcCgsAMxhs&feature=list_related&a=GxdCwVVULXfk7WxZvtE5cxjexEK5Tgc_&list=ML&playnext=1

Mandolin Mick
Nov-09-2010, 5:09pm
Master of Bluegrass By Bill Monroe is an all instrumental Bluegrass album. Some of his best stuff is on there. :mandosmiley:

swampstomper
Nov-10-2010, 3:41am
Sweden... you've got some good bands there, including the winners of the European World of Bluegrass festival (http://www.ebma.nl/general/master.php) two years ago, the Downtown Ramblers (I thought their original song "Meet me in the Moonlight" was a sure-fire #1 for some US artist, I advised them to shop it when they got to Nashville IBMA to represent EWOB, don't know if they did).

Come on over to beautiful Netherlands for EWOB 2011, June 2-3-4, and you will hear plenty of variety. I'll even introduce you to the legendary Bill Keith.

grassrootphilosopher
Nov-10-2010, 4:49am
... bluegrass is next to nonexistant in Sweden.

Not true, not true sir!

You´ve got quite an interesting scene in your country (depending on where you´re located).

There is the Lonesome Pine Festival, the Gränna Festival etc, (check festivals here: http://www.ebma.org/concerts-festivals/calendar/), you have interesting bands such as the G2-Bluegrass Band (www.g2bluegrassband.com), the Downtown Ramblers, the Cold Mountain Band (http://www.coldmountainband.se/), you have an american music organisation in Sweden (http://www.amff.se/) and information is just a mouse-click away.

CES
Nov-10-2010, 11:43am
iTunes has a 40-ish Song Bill Monroe collection...I think it's called "Essential Bill Monroe" or something like that...lots of good stuff there...

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Doyle Lawson, Dell McCoury...

I tend to like groups a little off the beaten path as well, like Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wiyos (more ragtime/OT than BG), Avett Brothers...not Bluegrass, but high energy acoustic music...though all of those mentioned need a little more mandolin in their lineups...

JonZ
Nov-10-2010, 12:01pm
And don't forget about Bjorn Jorgeson and the Lonesome Fjord Boys!:cool:

Syrefolk
Nov-14-2010, 8:35am
Not true, not true sir!

You´ve got quite an interesting scene in your country (depending on where you´re located).

There is the Lonesome Pine Festival, the Gränna Festival etc, (check festivals here: http://www.ebma.org/concerts-festivals/calendar/), you have interesting bands such as the G2-Bluegrass Band (www.g2bluegrassband.com), the Downtown Ramblers, the Cold Mountain Band (http://www.coldmountainband.se/), you have an american music organisation in Sweden (http://www.amff.se/) and information is just a mouse-click away.

Wow, never knew there were bluegrass festivals in Sweden!

John Ritchhart
Nov-14-2010, 9:48pm
John Moore comes to Sweden almost every year. You should check him out if you get a chance.

MWM
Nov-14-2010, 10:20pm
The Bluegrass Album Band. They recorded the best of Monroe's songs as well as Flat & Scruggs. The Album Band added the feature of flatpicked guitar solos and dobro, which have become staples of modern bluegrass. Their recordings connect the original classics (which you should also listen to) with the modern sound you hear today.

Ivan Kelsall
Nov-15-2010, 2:52am
Have a look at this site -www.myspace.com/g2bluegrassband. There have been several Bluegrass bands in Sweden over the years. I saw G2 a couple of years ago in the UK & they're very good indeed.There are also many Bluegrass Bands in Europe as a whole.
Re.recommendations - anything that you can get hold of. There are so many different styles,so try to listen to everything,
Best wishes - Ivan

Mshusn
Jan-03-2011, 2:42pm
As a fellow bluegrass beginner, I have only a few to add, and I suppose since they haven't already been mentioned, maybe folks will contest and say that they aren't bluegrass....but.....in no particular order:

Dailey and Vincent recently won entertainers of the year at the IBMA awards
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Rhonda Vincent
for just Mando stuff, while I am waiting on my first Mandolin to come in, I have enjoyed Sierra Hull
Also try Pandora and create a station for (Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie McCoury, Doyle Lawson) I have enjoyed the variety there immensely.

Maybe some that everyone hates in that list, but for the Bluegrass Novice, man can these groups sound powerful! Thanks!