noun: bluegrass; noun: Kentucky bluegrass
- a bluish-green grass which was introduced into North America from northern Europe, widely grown (especially in Kentucky and Virginia) for fodder.
- a kind of country music characterized by virtuoso playing of banjos and guitars and high-pitched, close-harmony vocals.
Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. It is named after the Blue Grass Boys, the 1939–1996 band of Kentucky mandolin player and songwriter Bill Monroe, who is considered “the father of bluegrass”. It was further developed by musicians who played with him, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt. It was then evolved by other musicians who admired the high-energy instrumental and vocal music Monroe’s group created, and who carried it on into new bands, some of which created subgenres of bluegrass.
Bluegrass is influenced by the music of Appalachia and other styles, including gospel and jazz read more…