Ideas

Welcome to our "Ideas" section. This is where we throw anything that doesn't fit in other sections of our website. If we find a spare kitchen sink, this is the place for it.

We are especially interested in early forms of commercial American country music -- the transition from what most people would call "folk music" from the back porch to the vaudeville stage, radio, and phonograph records.  We believe that the growth of technology has played a big part in influencing this movement.   Microphones, for example, enabled singers to develop a so-called "crooning" style and still be heard when singing with bands.

This is a work in progress. We'll be adding thoughts to this page as time allows, but would also like to request input from any readers here with the thought of sharing some of these ideas, just for the fun of it.
Visit our bluegrass blog to send comments.


musical influences Bill Monroe
  The Original Carter Family
  Jimmie Rodgers
  The Bluebird Cafe
  The Scragg Family
  Radio Interview: "Some thoughts on bluegrass history"
  Ralph Peer Remembers Jimmie Rodgers
  The Folk Music Revival (Tom Ashley discusses Lassie makin' 1963)
   
add your ideas Visit our BlueGrass BLOG
   
articles Tony Thomas: "Why Black Folks Don't Fiddle"
  Peter Feldmann:"The Ash Grove"
  Kenneth Rexroth: "Subversive Aspects of Popular Songs"
  Peter Feldmann: Vernon Dalhart and the Santa Barbara Earthquake of 1925
  Chip Winston: Pete's Bluegrass Bash
  MaryE Yoemans: "Benny Martin"
  Tran Van Khê: Musical Imperialism
  Peter Feldmann: "The Big Bang of Bluegrass"
  Eddie Dean: "Sunset Park Remembered"
  Matt Kettmann: "Our Proud Pickin' Past"
  Peter Feldmann: "Green Eggs And NAMM"
  Robin Fox: "The Kindness Of Strangers" (zip file)
   
music samples I'm Goin' Back To Dixie
  Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers (3 songs)
  Other BGW pages with music (Real Audio and MP3)
   
links Selected websites, musical & otherwise
   
song lyrics Websites with song lyrics
  Original Carter Family, Complete song texts

 

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