Hooked on Bluegrass

Jason Burleson

I got interested in Bluegrass Music through my dad. He went totally deaf when I was 3 or 4 years old, but before that he was a big Flatt and Scruggs fan. When I was 11 years old, he said " How would you like to learn to play the banjo?" I had no idea what it was, but my cousin Jeter Griffith got me started with some rolls and Cumberland Gap.....I was studying Earl's playing on some very worn out Flatt & Scruggs albums.

I played for a couple of years and liked it, but what really set me on fire was hearing The Bluegrass Album, Volume One. JD's kick-off on Blue Ridge Cabin Home, along with the rest of his playing on that record, is still an inspiration to me to this day. Tony Rice's solos on that song and Molly & Tenbrooks instantly made be want to play the guitar also. From there I got the New South 0044, Boone Creek: One Way Track, the first Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Manzanita and the David Grisman Rounder Album. I've been hooked ever since.

(posted 4/16/2006)

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