Posts Tagged ‘ Steve Martin ’

“What’s more quaint, and out-of-time, and culturally beside-the-point than bluegrass?”

A recent article featured on Slate described bluegrass as “quaint, out-of-time, and culturally beside-the-point”. Really? The author, Nathan Heller, or his editor obviously didn’t do much fact checking on such a broad and ignorant statement.

Well Mr. Heller, Bluegrass music laid the foundation for much of the rock and country music we enjoy today. I have included a little video to help you be better informed.

Now that you have a better idea of where bluegrass has been, I would challenge you to check out where bluegrass is today. While the form continues to evolve, bluegrass continues to be relevant to the times. Check our archives for many articles and artist features for further proof that this genre is in fact still very much alive and on the rise.

In the future we would love to see Slate cover more of what’s going on in the Newgrass scene. Perhaps then you would be better informed.

Larry Clark / Bluegrass Activist and Founder of Newgrass Magazine

Original Slate Article


The Jerk wins Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album

Actor and comedian Steve Martin won a Grammy in the category of Best Bluegrass Album for his album The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo.

Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums

The week’s top-selling bluegrass albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

1. Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers / Dailey & Vincent

2. New Songs for the Five String Banjo / Steve Martin

3. High Wide & Handsome / Loudon Wainwright III

4. Mountain Soul II / Patty Loveless

5. Naturally / The Isaacs

6. Tennessee Pusher / Old Crow Medicine Show

7. Country Bluegrass / Bill & Gloria Gaither

8. Country Bluegrass / Bill & Gloria Gaither

9. Family Circle / Del McCoury Band

10. Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House / The Wailin’ Jennys