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Celebrating the Legacy of Mike Auldridge: The Resonating Heart of Bluegrass Bluegrass music has roots deeply embedded in the American soul and has had many heroes, but few have shaped its sound as profoundly as Mike Auldridge. His Dobro mastery left an indelible mark on bluegrass enthusiasts. The Early Strings Mike Auldridge, born on December […]

Ernie Thacker was a beloved figure in the bluegrass world who left an indelible mark on the genre with his soulful voice, passionate delivery, and exceptional songwriting skills. Ernie grew up in Northern Ohio, steeped in the rich traditions of bluegrass music. His influences came from legends like Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Jimmy Martin. […]

J. D. Crowe, whose full name was James Dee Crowe, was a renowned American banjo player and bluegrass band leader who significantly impacted the genre by blending tradition with innovation. During the 1950s, Crowe gained prominence during his four-year collaboration with Jimmy Martin. The legendary Earl Scruggs influenced his banjo playing style, and he mastered […]

The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train that inspired the tune by the same name. Ervin T. Rouse wrote and copyrighted the song in 1938, and Ervin and Gordon Rouse recorded it first in 1939.   There has been a bit of controversy as to the original composer of the instrumental.  Robert Russell […]

When discussing the most popular bluegrass songs, “Nine Pound Hammer” nearly always floats to the top. Let’s follow the scent and try to sniff out the origins of this famous tune. After the Civil War, when able-bodied men were scarce, former slaves and convicts were conscripted to build tunnels and lay track in constructing a […]

  In the early 1970s, “Fox on the Run” was among the most requested bluegrass songs. Along with “Rocky Top,” a bluegrass band could scarcely play a show without fans yelling for “Rocky Top” or “Fox on the Run.” The song was written in 1968 by an Englishman named Tony Hazzard and first recorded as […]


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