Hooked on Bluegrass

Lou Reid

I got hooked on bluegrass when I was about 10 years old when my Dad took me to see Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mt Boys in Sandy Ridge NC. I wasn't sure at first what it was all about, but knew they were stars of TV with the Beverly Hillbillies and of the Grand Ol' Opry.

My Dad also bought me a book with songs a chords and I later started playing about 4 years later in a bluegrass band called the Bluegrass Buddies and played every old time fiddler's convention contest in NC, VA, TN, and GA. We were listening to the Osborne Bro, Reno and Smiley, Ralph Stanley, JD Crowe and the KY Mtn Boys and The Country Gentlemen (to name a few), which were being played on country radio and I was really excited about this music. I was learning to play the acoustic bass at the time. My Dad bought me my first Kay upright bass in Winston-Salem, NC and I felt on top of the world.

Jimmy Haley and I went on to start a band called the Second Edition and then that name was changed to Southbound. We recorded two recordings for Rebel Records in 1976 and 78, but only one was released. The second one got canned because Southbound split up and then Doyle Lawson, Terry Baucom, Jimmy Haley and I started Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in April of 1979. This is basically how I got started in bluegrass music.



(posted 4/10/2009)

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