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    Default Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music

    Airing this Friday 8-30-19 nationwide on PBS.

    Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music from Kentucky Educational Television


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    Looks great - I wonder if we'll get a chance to see it in the UK at some point
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    Nice teaser! Looking forward to having the Oporto see the whole thing!
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    Was well made. Learned a lot, and enjoyed the music. Who knew Japan has a thriving bluegrass community?
    You can stream it from PBS if it isn't scheduled on your local station.
    One watch by night, one watch by day...if you get confused, just listen to the music play.

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    Streamed it the other night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My fiancé, who is neither a musician nor a documentary hound like me, also enjoyed it very much.
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    Streamed it yesterday, really well done.
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    I thought it missed the most important element in the increased popularity of the music, and that it is fun to play. We've all heard stories of bluegrass bands that practice all night at a festival, it must be fun! Its a participatory music that brings joy to the player who may not care one iota if he/she has a listener. And its fairly easy to become a participant. Basically a complete beginner can get a guitar and a capo an learn 3 chords and participate at a rudimentary level and there doesn't seem to be limit to how advanced it can go. Also, participants are attracted by the fact that they can choose one (or more) of 6 standard instruments for so its not like 5 guitar players in a group, it gives room for all sorts of specialists to have fun. Its good to listen to but much more fun playing it.
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    I streamed it recently and really enjoyed it.
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    I thought it was very good, too. OF course no film-length documentary could possible embrace the full history of bluegrass, but the omission of the Kentucky Colonels or at least some mention of Clarence White seems strange, given his undeniable influence on the rise of the flatpicked guitar solo in contemporary bluegrass. Of course there were other great flatpickers who had a lot of impact (George Shuffler, Don Reno, Doc Watson, et al) early on, and many more since, but most flatpickers I know cite Clarence White as their gold standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Kotapish View Post
    I thought it was very good, too. OF course no film-length documentary could possible embrace the full history of bluegrass, but the omission of the Kentucky Colonels or at least some mention of Clarence White seems strange, given his undeniable influence on the rise of the flatpicked guitar solo in contemporary bluegrass. Of course there were other great flatpickers who had a lot of impact (George Shuffler, Don Reno, Doc Watson, et al) early on, and many more since, but most flatpickers I know cite Clarence White as their gold standard.
    A documentary on Bluegrass left out Clarence White? Seriously? That's like doing a documentary on Woodstock and leaving out Jimi Hendrix.

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    Sadly Clarence is undermentioned all the time!

    Let’s see if the esteemed Mr. Burns does a better job noting Clarence’s impact.
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    As mentioned above, I was able to stream Big Family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've also taken the opportunity since to go back and watch the first two episodes of The Wayfaring Stranger with Phil Cunningham, the BBC's documentary on the migration of music with the Ulster Scots (or Scotch-Irish) from Scotland to Ulster then ultimately to Appalachia's and how it changed and evolved over time and location with the influence of all of the people who encountered it in order to become Gospel, Old-time and Bluegrass as we currently think of them. Those first 2 Episodes are available on YouTube and are a great accompaniment to Big Family:

    https://youtu.be/L0F0k_vMAns
    https://youtu.be/QcfpINuX01s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    Sadly Clarence is undermentioned all the time!

    Let’s see if the esteemed Mr. Burns does a better job noting Clarence’s impact.
    Ken Burns did not.
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    Barely grazed him!
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