Rural Roots of Bluegrass


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Rural Roots of Bluegrass
Songs, Stories and History
By Wayne Erbsen
180 pages

Uncover the true roots of bluegrass with this book of songs, stories, and history. Explores the contributions of ballads of the early pioneers, Scots-Irish fiddle tunes, black spirituals, plantation melodies, blues, murder ballads,sentimental parlor songs from Tin Pan Alley, North Carolina banjo styles, and gospel songs. Includes vintage photos, historical information, playing tips, and sources for over 80 songs. Songs in the book show the melody line, lyrics, and guitarchord letters.

A CD of songs that coordinate with the book is also available separately (item 850244).

Romancing the Rural Homestead  
The Roots of Bluegrass Music  
The Monroe Brothers  
The National Barn Dance  
Those Magic Crystals  
Charlie & Bill in the "Studio"  
Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys  
Bill Monroe on the Opry  
2 Cents Worth of Music Theory  
Using a Capo to Transpose  
The Wheel of Transposition  
Singing with the Guitar  
Singing with the Mandolin  
Singing with the Banjo  
Backing Up Songs with the Fiddle  
Singing Harmony
Before You Start Singing 
A-C: A Beautiful Life, All the Good Times Are Past & Gone, Amazing Grace, Angel Band, Are You Tired of Me Darling, The Lilly Brothers, Banjo Pickin' Girl, Banks of the Ohio, Blue Ridge Mountain Blues, Riley Puckett, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, Carter Family, Careless Love, Bradley Kincaid, Columbus Stockade Blues, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap,

D-F: Darling Cory, Dig a Hole in the Meadow, Don't Go Out Tonight My Darling, Don't Let Your Deal Go Down,Charlie Pool & The North Carolina Ramblers, Don't This Road Look Rough & Rocky, Down in the Willow Garden, Wade & J.E. Mainer, Wade Mainer & the Morris Brothers, Dream of the Miner's Child, Vernon Dalhart, Drifting Too Far From the Shore, East Virginia, Footmarks in the Snow,

G-J: The Girl I Loved in Sunny Tennessee, Give Me the Roses Now, Carolina Tar Heels, Going to Georgia, Handsome Molly, G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter, He Will Set Your Fields on Fire, I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home, I'll Be All Smiles Tonight, I'll Remember You in My Prayers, In the Pines, Fiddlin' Arthur Smith, Jealous Lover, Jesse James, Jimmie Brown the Paper Boy, John Hardy, Johnson Boys, Just Over in the Gloryland,

K-M: Karl & Harty,Katie Cline, Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, Katie Dear, Knoxville Girl, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Leather Britches, Life's Railway to Heaven, Blue Sky Boys, Little Bessie, Fiddlin' John Carson, Little Log Cabin in the Lane, Little Maggie, Little Rosewood Casket, Little Whitewashed Chimney, Bill Clifton, Lonesome Road Blues, Snuffy Jenkins, Long Journey Home, Lord I'm Coming Home, Man of Constant Sorrow, Maple on the Hill, Mary of the Wild Moor, Midnight on the Stormy Deep, My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains, My Old Cottage Home,

N-R: New River Train, 9 Pound Hammer, Oh Those Tombs, Old Joe Clark, Poor Ellen Smith, Precious Memories, Coon Creek Girls, Pretty Polly, Put My Little Shoes Away, Rabbit in the Log, Red RockingChair, Red Wing, Reuben's Train, Earl Scruggs, Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms, Roll on Buddy, Roving Gambler, Eck Robertson,

S-Z: Sally Goodin, Seeing Nelly Home, Shady Grove, Shake Hands with Mother Again, Short Life of Trouble, Sweet Sunny South, The Callahan Brothers, They're at Rest Together, Turkey in the Straw, The Unclouded Day, Wabash Cannonball, Wait Till the Clouds Roll By, What Would You Give in Exchange, When the Bees Are in the Hive, Where the Soul of Man Never Dies, White House Blues, Whoa Mule, Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis, Wild Bill Jones, Wildwood Flower
Recommended Reading  
Index of Musicians  
Index of Songs


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