Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, as soon as stated, “Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any other music in the world.”
However, with the concern of spreading the lethal coronavirus, many space occasions corresponding to fiddlers’ conventions, bluegrass festivals and weekly music venues have been canceled or indefinitely postponed. This has left followers with out the pleasure of the music and the gathering of parents that they love in the bluegrass group.
There are nonetheless some ways to affiliate whereas we’re all shuttered in our houses. If you’re related to the web, there are quite a few choices, however there are additionally methods to incorporate music into our every day lives with out the help of recent know-how. You simply should be inventive and faucet into sources obtainable.
Elizabeth Greeson, president of High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association, shared, “Write a letter to someone that made an impression on you when you first started playing music. Write a letter to encourage a young person who you know that has a gift and you want to remind them that it’s hard work and requires a lot of practice, but one day it will really pay off. Get out your old pictures that bring back great memories.”
Tommy Edwards, host of “Bluegrass Saturday Night” on WLHC, 103.1 FM in Sanford, advised listening to radio packages. “Life 103.1’s Bluegrass Saturday Night, 7-9 p.m., and Buddy Michaels’ Hometown Festival, 7-9 a.m., are broadcast from Sanford and Rocky Mount. Both shows are available online at Life 1031.com. They are live stream with no archives.”
Also, on Saturday mornings, WKXR, 1240 am, in Asheboro, affords a syndicated two-hour radio present entitled “Knee Deep in Bluegrass.” Cindy Baucom, spouse of banjoist Terry Baucom, is the host.
“Lots of music can be heard on WPAQ 740 am (in Mount Airy) or on the internet at wpaq.com. At folkstreams.net is a link for Fiddlers’ Grove (annual fiddling championship). They’re live-streaming some of the old competition audio recordings. Jan Johnansson has a great YouTube channel! He’s preserving a lot of performances. Plus there’s an ongoing documentary on Facebook, The Bluegrass People, and there’s The Bluegrass Jamboree Chat on Facebook,” stated Vivian Hopkins, president of the NC Bluegrass Association, which additionally has a Facebook web page.
There are different web teams that you just can be part of. On Facebook, there’s a group, “Bluegrass, The Music that Matters,” that has over 25,000 members. You can subscribe to a free on-line publication, “Bluegrass Today,” that sends out nightly emails Monday-Friday detailing the newest information in the acoustic music world. Station Inn, the world-well-known bluegrass venue in downtown Nashville, affords “Station Inn TV,” a month-to-month subscription to its reside concert events that are all archived and can be seen at any time in the consolation of your home. “Lovin’ Bluegrass” is Carol McDuffie’s YouTube channel that options many native musicians and venues.
“Promoting musicians as well as venues as I travel is my passion. Preserving the history of the music is my goal! May it live on forever in time through these videos,” stated McDuffie of Sanford.
If you’re a musician, now’s the good time to apply and be taught new tunes when you’re sequestered in your home, known as “woodshedding.” If you at all times wished to play and perhaps even purchased an instrument, use this time to begin studying. Need an instrument or classes? Ron’s Pickin’ Parlor in close by Stanly County has a wide selection of high quality devices and equipment, plus affords classes in banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro and voice.
“We can ship items. We also offer prepaid curb service pick-up and online lessons,” relayed proprietor Ronnie Hatley. For data, name his store at 704-888-9961 or go to his web site, www.ronspickinparlor.com.
In Asheboro, Tim Moon offers music classes. “If anyone will text me, I will mail instructional books on guitar and banjo — 336-825-7037.”
Those with web have limitless sources that they can faucet into for classes. Moon has educational movies on-line beneath “Tim Moon Mandolin.” ArtistWorks is one other nice web site that provides classes by skilled musicians on varied devices from all kinds of genres. There are additionally many educational sequence supplied on YouTube.
“Guitar instruction with Steve Kilby is a great resource from the Junior Appalachian Musicians.org,“ Hopkins recommended.
With events canceled, many bands are eager to perform. Several groups have been holding in-house concerts on Facebook Live. Most have a virtual tip jar or some format for listeners to make a donation.
Television offers bluegrass music on certain stations. Those with antennas can watch Circle TV and catch performances from the Grand Ole Opry. Recently, Marty Stuart, Vince Gill and Brad Paisley performed on the iconic stage to an empty Opry House, but the show was carried on Circle TV and can be viewed on YouTube. There are lots of music shows on RFD-TV such as Dailey and Vincent, the Marty Stuart Show and Reno’s Old Time Music Festival.
PBS is another source of traditional music with such programs as “Song of the Mountains” which showcases a few of the greatest skills in bluegrass, Americana and previous-time music. Hosted by Tim White, the present is filmed in the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion, Va.
There are additionally magazines and books that followers can subscribe to or order. Bluegrass Unlimited is an extended-standing month-to-month music journal that options the greatest in bluegrass, previous and current. Biographical and autographical books can be found by well-known performers corresponding to Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice and lots of extra. Plus there are quite a few books on bluegrass music and its heritage.
So regardless that most of us are homebound as we try to remain wholesome, we can nonetheless be joyful. Listen to bluegrass music, brush up on or be taught to play a musical instrument, join with different music lovers on the web and/or learn up in your favourite musician or band. There’s a lot to maintain us all engaged and entertained.