old-time music: A primer By David Menconi Search local inventory, coupons and more LinkGet the latest bluegrass festival news Roots and branches Within bluegrass there are branches that stretch out sometimes far out from the roots. Here are just a few of the main subgenres you might hear during IBMA week and beyond: Newgrass: Also called progressive bluegrass, this music has roots in the classic bluegrass sound; but it branches out in new directions, often heavily influenced by rock, pop, jazz or even classical. Sounds like: Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck. Jamgrass: The Grateful Dead wasnt a bluegrass band, but it influenced this subgenre of bluegrass that features the usual instruments (and then some) on songs that start with a groove and journey to who knows? Sounds like: String Cheese Incident, the Waybacks, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth.
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Its no accident that her latest album is called Let It Burn. Listen to festival associate musical director and world renown classical violinist Daniel Hope give his first Savannah recital in years Hear Chris Thile, known for his bluegrass music with Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers, investigate both bluegrass an Bach There is, of course, quite a bit more: more dances, more roots music, more gospel, more jazz, more classical. Theres a strong education component as well, including education events for schoolchildren from the area, jazz mentorships, and in a new program this year, an acoustic music academy for talented string players in which they have the chance to learn from and work with festival artists. Tickets for the concerts are already sale, both in Savannah and through the festivals web site, where there is also detailed information about the artists and the schedule of events. In past years, Georgia Public Broadcasting has offered radio programs featuring music from the Savannah Music Festival, which have been broadcast across the United States. Several of these are available on the site.
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Bach, bluegrass, and blues: Savannah Music Festival coming up
Jazz-Grass is associated with Bela Fleck. Americana is the soft-rock of bluegrass, whereas Jam-Grass is rockin-bluegrass. Some country musicians have stepped over to bluegrass: Ricky Skaggs and Alan Jackson are two. Gospel-Grass is sung by Doyle Lawson. When you are looking for bluegrass in the stores, look in other sections also.
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