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Best Bluegrass Albums

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Aereo-Plain
Aereo-Plain
"The birth of "newgrass." Hartford combines elements of old-timey music with rock chord structures and contemporary ideas. "Steam-powered Aeroplane" and "Tear Down the Grand Ol' Opry" are the gems."
Del and the Boys
Del and the Boys
"The most talented, technically-perfect bluegrass band out there. The album has fresh subject matter too ("Vincent Black Lightning 1952" and "All Aboard")"
Old & In the Way
Old & In the Way
"The album that introduced a generation of hippies to bluegrass. Garcia had long been a disciple of bluegrass, but this was his first overtly bluegrass record."
Hazel & Alice
Hazel & Alice
"As products of the West Virginia mining culture, Hazel Dickens defines Appalachian music. The most genuine, heartfelt songs you'll ever hear."
David Grisman Quintet
David Grisman Quintet
"The birth of Dawg music. Grisman combines jazz and bluegrass to create an unmistakeable -- and unforgettable -- first album."
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (30th Anniversary Edition)
"This should probably be #1. The official passing of the old-timey torch to a new generation of musicians. This triple-LP is the bluegrass standard that all records are measured against."
At Carnegie Hall!
At Carnegie Hall!
"a wonderful album capturing Flatt, Scruggs and their stellar band at the pinnacle of their careers. All the favorites are here and it's great to listen to the band's interaction with the audience."
First Time Together
First Time Together
"Both of these fellers were on the decline by the time this was release in 1980, but it's still a solid recording."
Manzanita
Manzanita
"Tony Rice is the best flatpick guitarist ever --period. He picked up where Clarence White left off and combined some ideas from Grisman to create a jaw-dropping style of music. His best effort."
Two Highways
Two Highways
"Before the band hit the big time...This is just a purely good bluegrass album with solid picking and vocals. Check out the cover of the Allman Bros. "Midnight Rider.""
Live! At Last
Live! At Last
"This band is at its best in a live setting. The humor is unrivaled, the musicianship is remarkable. Best racks are a Hazel Dickens cover "Aragon Mill" and "Someone Play Dixie for me.""
Glamour And Grits
Glamour And Grits
"ddin't care for teh Newgrass Revival stuff, but this a neat album. Good combo of Dawg-type music, reggae (check out the Marley tune), and good old-timey stuff."
Traditional Ties
Traditional Ties
"A real tight outfit from Colorado. Pete Wernick is as good as they come on teh banjo and the late Sawtell is a great flatpicker."
Act Three
Act Three
"Great stuff -- a little new grassy, but rooted in tradition. Check out "Rider" -- good stuff."
Dr. Banjo Steps Out
Dr. Banjo Steps Out
"Get your hands on this album. A ton of great instrumentals and traditonal ditties. Wernick was the first to put the flanger ona  banjo -- sounds cool."
Train a Comin
Train a Comin
"A real solid rootsy album. Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglass and ol' Emmyhair Louis lend a hand."
Mark Twang
Mark Twang
"A simple downstripped album that centers on original fiddle tunes about life on the river. Hartford adds his signature clogging to many of the songs."
Reckoning
Reckoning
"OK,OK...this isn't bluegrass, but it IS good acoustic music in the old-timey/traditional vein. Check out Charlie Monroe's "Rosa Lee McFall", "Dark Hollow" and "Deep Elem Blues" -- excellent stuff."
J.D. Crowe & The New South
J.D. Crowe & The New South
""Old Home Place" is quite possibly the best bluegrass song ever (in my not-so-humble opinion). A well-rounded album, though a bit short."
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