Hooked on Bluegrass

Walt Crider

Great idea asking folks about this. I am now 64 years old and play regularly. My father was a strickly family, at home country music singer. Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams. He gave me a guitar and showed me three chords. That was it. I followed along with him.

Then when I was about 12 or 13 years old in the late 50's we had a neighbor who had a limited record collection of 45 rpm's. (At the time I was most interested in his daughter who was a year older than me.) I found a recording of "The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band" by Bill Monroe. I think that is what got me hooked. I played it over and over and fell in love with his high lonesome sound, unlike anything my dad had been doing.

I wore out the record and the girl is long gone, but I still play bluegrass with my band.

(posted 7/31/2012)

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