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Bluegrass Heads North,
This review is from: Best Of Bluegrass 1959-66 (Audio CD)
The Newport Folk Festivals were wonderfully eclectic in their definition of "folk', exposing music from the electric blues and folk-rock of Paul Butterfield and Bob Dylan to the high-lonesome acoustic sound of bluegrass, as documented on this first-rate collection. Newport, R.I. was not exactly home turf for bluegrass, but most of the all-time greats are here, performing at or near the peak of their powers, from Bill Monroe (long before the decline of his voice in later years), to the Stanley Brothers (not so long before Carter Stanley's alcohol-fuelled death), to Flatt and Scruggs (shortly before their artistic-philosophy-fuelled split-up: Earl wanted to plug in, Lester didn't). Come to think of it, this could be, serendiptitiously, the single best representation of the early giants of bluegrass. And Flatt and Scruggs even do their smash-hit, the "Beverly Hillbillies" T.V. theme song(!!) Very highly recommended.