NQC 10: Two notes on bluegrass
These are particularly or specifically NQC related, but a couple of conversations I’ve had made the following timely.
1. The first is just to note that just yesterday I got to hear some material from the (not southern gospel) bluegrass group, Balsam Range. As bluegrass followers doubtless know and I found out, Tim Surrett, formerly of the Kingsmen, is part of the group. I’ve only heard a few of their tunes and I’m not expert enough in bluegrass to know if this constitutes new grass or bluepop or what, but it strikes the ear as smart and listenable. FWIW.
2. This in turn reminded me that I’ve been meaning to mention that Ricky Skaggs has a new album out that traffics heavily in gospel and religious themes. I caught a flattering review of it on Fresh Air a week or so ago. Skaggs, by all available accounts, now fancies himself the second coming of his mentor, Bill Monroe (thus the hair and the other affectations). I gather there’s a rather serious schism-like divide in the bluegrass world between the Stanleyites and the Monroeists, the latter of which Skaggs stands at the head. I don’t have anything to say about this, but I did like a couple of the tunes off the album that I heard in the review, particularly a cut that includes Skaggs’ daughter.Email this Post