I just got a copy of this book today and it is really nice. I love bluegrass music and I enjoy reading about anything related to Kentucky’s history so this is a great book.

Stars of yesteryear and today featured in more the 200 photos and captions

It think most bluegrass music fans would agree that no state should be more associated with bluegrass music than Kentucky, and rightly so. Bluegrass music draws its name from the band that Kentuckian Bill Monroe formed during the late 1930s and 1940s. Bill named his band Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys to honor his home state. Eventually, the music these bands and others like them were playing came to be known as bluegrass music.

In a new pictorial history book by local author James C. Claypool, over 200 vintage photographs depict a full range of bluegrass music’s story and how it has evolved from modest performing roots to a multi-faceted genre with an ever-growing fan base.

Highlights of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Music:

The first comprehensive bluegrass book focusing specifically on bluegrass music and bluegrass musicians connected to Kentucky.

Images of stars such as Bobby and Sonny Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Ricky Skaggs and Dale Ann Bradley.

A new form of bluegrass known as “progressive bluegrass” or “newgrass” and the key musicians involved with the movement.

This book is one of the first photographic and scholarly attempts to assess bluegrass music’s contribution to both Kentucky and the world. Bluegrass music and its derivative, progressive bluegrass  (or “newgrass”) both can be argued to have been “born and bred” in Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Bluegrass Music, $21.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

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