Hooked on Bluegrass

Eddie Adcock

What hooked me on bluegrass? It was the Stanley Brothers. 'I Got Wise' and 'Meet Me Out On the Mountain' raised every hair I had on my body. The singing and that banjo sound together really did it for me. That music was just so soulful and unpretentious and earthy. Their sound was straightforward and uncomplicated.

This was before the lead guitar came with them and changed the sound. I thought the guitar kinda covered them up a little bit and took away some of their immediacy, but it was a good commercial move for them. Personally, I liked them when they were their most basic and raw. Something about them just came out of the radio and grabbed me.

(posted 2/24/2005)

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