Category: bluegrass


Hudson and Skinner and the Blue Ridge Cut Ups…

Zayn Skinner is  a 15 year old mandolin player who plays in the band of his dad Jason Skinner named Hudson and Skinner and the Blue Ridge Cut Ups.

In his fathers youtube channel you can find videos with the complete band, but also a set of videos of Zayn together with his dad playing bluegrass standards like Rawhide by Bill Monroe.

Enjoy Zayn Skinner and the Blue Ridge Cut-Ups!

Bye Bye Blues

“Remember Me”

Playlist – Hudson Skinner and the Blue Ridge Cut-Ups

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Bill Monroe – Father of Bluegrass – Black Mountain…

Kris Kehr has just added another hour with music by Bill Monroe to his blog Black Mountain Underground.

In December 2010 Kris Kehr has already compiled five one hour broadcasts with music by Bill Monroe. You can download all six podcast and listen to Bill Monroe and study his style and especially his mandolin playing. This is a great source for recordings of Bill Monroe including many of his great and well known compositions.

You can find many live recordings from festivals and concerts. In many cases the announcements by Bill Monroe are included.

The sixth broadcast is a compilation of duets of Bill Monroe with Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Charlie Monroe or with the Seldom Scene.

Banks of the Ohio – Bill Monroe & Doc Watson

In the blog you can find additional information for every broadcast, including some interesting photos, and many links for related sites with additional information. You can also find information about the members of the Bluegrass Boys during the years.

The first broadcast contains recordings from between 1940 und 1948 including the Muleskinne Blues, Footprints in the Snow, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Kentucky Waltz and many more classic recordings.

In the second broadcast you can hear recordings from the 50s, including some recordings from the Bean Blossom Festival.

The third broadcast continues with recordings from the 60s, and the fourth broadcast goes on with recordings from the late 60s and 70s. Recordings from the 80s and 90s can be found in the  fifth broadcast.

The serie was completed with 3 podcasts with music from the 1960s and with 3 podcasts with music by Doc Watson.

You can download all 9 podcast from the site:

Black Mountain Underground:

This is a video showing an interview with Bill Monroe from the Bean Blossom festival in 1976:

1976 Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Bill Monroe Playlist

My playlist with more than 30 life performances of Bill Monroe and some interviews.

Bill Monroe CDs (Amazon partnerlink)



All the Classic Releases


The Very Best Of Bill Monroe

And His Blue Grass Boys


The Purple Hulls – Great Bluegrass Trio – BanjoBen

The Purple Hulls is the name of a young trio with Ben Clark and his sisters Penny and Katy. I enjoyed the videos of this group very much. The Purple Hulls are playing traditional bluegrass and own compositions in the traditional bluegrass style. Ben Clark lives in Nashville and has already played with stars like Taylor Swift.

Ben Clark writes about himself on his homepage:

I am a professional musician and songwriter…originally from East Texas, now out of Nashville, TN. I moved here in the fall of ’04 and have been blessed enough to make a living. I’ve played piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and fiddle for numerous country artists such as Matt Jenkins, Lila McCann, Josh Gracin, Craig Morgan, and most recently Taylor Swift. I’ve recently signed a publishing deal, along with my two sisters, at Sony here in Nashville. We’re excited to be writing for our first country project!

Gold Rush by The Purple Hulls

This is our version of Gold Rush. I’m on the mandolin, my twins sis is on banjo, and my older brother Ben is on guitar.

Playlist The Purple Hulls

Enjoy the The Purple Hulls!

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Bluegrass with a Handicap – Jarred Albright (Fiddle, Mandolin)…

Some time ago I read about two players with a handicap who despite this have become professional players in a band.

Jarred Albright

Jarred has been playing the violin since he was seven, and has taken it upon himself to learn other instruments including the mandolin and guitar. For 9 years, Jarred was involved with the Calgary Fiddler’s Association, which is a group of 15 young violinists who perform up to 100 times per year in and around Calgary.

Jarred has a deformed right hand, but he learned to play the fiddle, the mandolin and the guitar despite this. In the following video you can see Jarred Albright with all the three instruments.

Jarred Albright – Olympic Reel

A second video shows Jarred Albright with the Calgary Fiddlers. In this piece he plays the mandolin and you can hear some powerfull bluegrass fills that he plays.

Calgary Fiddlers – Pick It Apart

Barry Abernathy

Barry Abernathy is the banjo player of Mountain Heart, a progressive and successful bluegrass band. On the Mountain Heart homepage you can find some information about his biography:

Winner of 1997’s Banjo Player of the Year award from the Society for the Preservation of Blue Grass Music in America, Barry began his musical career performing bluegrass gospel with Silver Creek, but first came to national attention as a member of one of the decade’s hottest bluegrass bands, IIIrd Tyme Out. From 1994 to 1998, the Georgia-born banjo player/lead vocalist was a featured member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, recording five albums with the award-winning ensemble before leaving to form Mountain Heart.

Barry Abernathy has learned to play the banjo in the typical bluegrass style although on his left hand he has only a thumb and a bit of the index finger. It is almost incredible to see what Abernathy can do with this deformed left hand. You can read more about Barry Abernathy in the following article:

Bluegrass player doesn’t let disability slow him down

Some excerpts from this article:

“I got to noticing it’s an open-tuned instrument,” he said of the banjo, which typically is tuned to an open G chord, which means there are more open strings available, and not as much left-hand work is required to get at least the basics together.

“Putting two and two together,” he said, “I was thinking, I could do this, and I could do that.

He gravitated toward local banjo players, getting them to show him their licks. Then he would figure out how to do it in his own way.

“It started with just wanting to learn the melody to simple songs, songs I did in church and songs that I’d heard growing up,” Abernathy said. “Then it went to trying to figure out some of the Earl Scruggs stuff.”

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