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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Is bluegrass music like an oxbow lake and.....

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thisoldman - Posted - 10/25/2022:  10:15:07

Is bluegrass dead?   Not!

Texasbanjo - Posted - 10/25/2022:  11:25:42

It is in some parts of the States, don't know about other countries.

Here in West Texas, there are no clubs or organizations that promote bluegrass. No clubs that get together and have jams. No festivals within a at least 150 miles or more.

There used to be a good bluegrass organization, several festivals and lots of jamming, but all have gone by the wayside.

Hopefully, other parts of the country are doing better than we are.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 10/25/2022:  12:13:32

Festivals took a big hit from Covid. Many won’t return. Players like Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings are moving bluegrass in new directions, but, especially in the Southeast, there’s a continuing coterie of young players steeped in traditional bluegrass and continuing to play in that style.

pappy c - Posted - 10/26/2022:  07:30:12

Living here in the Southeastern US, I have noticed a definite falling away of the social aspects of Bluegrass music. There was a time when there where many more festivals and jams. As far as the music, it is doing just fine with plenty of youngsters taking up the instruments and playing/singing. The festival scene is hanging on but not nearly as robust as it was at one time. The younger generations are provided with so many more outlets for entertainment and socialization than 40/50 years ago. You never have to leave your house to hear the best of bluegrass on demand. The music industry has changed so much in the last 20 years. I do believe there will always be festivals, just a lot less of them, more expensive, and for most, much further away. But, as long as I can, I will be there. I met many of my closest friends at bluegrass functions. Heck 40 years ago, the information on this forum would have only been available if you attended a bluegrass function.

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