Hooked on Bluegrass

Diana Donnelly

I can't give a definitive time or era when I became "hooked on bluegrass". I grew up with music in my house and back then, the country stations like KEEN played bluegrass as a natural part of the genre.There were no distinctions.

My Dad was a musician and played (bass and guitar) and sang in a country band when I was little. I can remember singing on stages with him even then. He'd sit at the piano and play and sing while we were getting ready to go on trips. We'd sing in the car! My Mom taught me to harmonize in the car and we'd all sing gospels all the way to Granny's house.

In my teenage years, ours was the house where the kids all liked to hang out. We'd pick and sing for hours and it didn't bug my parents because they were right in there with us! We formed bands and played even then. My older brother was the one who brought the "real" bluegrass sound into the house with records by the New Lost City Ramblers, Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley's, etc. etc. I even saw Flatt & Scruggs on the San Jose City College campus sometime around 1968 or so. I was truly blessed with the exposure to music I got as a child and for the parents who made it such a natural part of our existence.

(posted 11/5/2004)

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