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Bluegrass Music Celebrates Anniversary in December


Despite COVID restrictions putting a damper on the festivities, this month bluegrass music celebrates its 75th anniversary. 

WNIN's Steve Burger talks with Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum executive director Chris Joslin about the 75th anniversary of the birth of bluegrass music.

Few music genres can trace their beginnings quite as precisely as bluegrass. For Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum executive director Chris Joslin, the date is December 8, 1945. That’s the day that famed banjo player Earl Scruggs and his distinctive three finger picking style joined Rosine, Kentucky’s Bill Monroe on stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The rest, as they say, is history.

“I think that’s one thing that makes bluegrass music compelling, is that it can be traced to time, place and person. We’re all about preserving and telling that story.”

While a number of events planned for the 75th anniversary had to be canceled, Joslin says they were able to create a special edition of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine to mark the anniversary.  

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