In the realm of American roots music, bluegrass is one of the forms with the most contemporary roots. Yet its players and fans carry such a fierce allegiance to it that one of their most frequent debates is whether bluegrass should adhere strictly to tradition or pull it forward. “Bluegrass Beyond” dives into both sides of the argument, exploring the traditions and innovations that have characterized bluegrass music from the beginning. Long features shed light on the modern history of the form through its band leaders, rhythm sections, and the women who have helped move the genre forward for decades. Some of bluegrass’s biggest innovators discuss the future of the genre, even as its sidemen honor its strongest traditions.

Long Features

What’s bluegrass music? - Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, and Sarah Jarosz
Neil Rosenberg’s modern history of bluegrass music
Pioneering women of bluegrass - Hazel & Alice to Sierra Hull and beyond
Considering bluegrass rhythm sections
A pre-American history of the banjo
Bluegrass adventure outings

Short Features

The Osborne Brothers / Tony Trischka / Parsonsfield / We Banjo 3
Old Crow Medicine Show, Mandolin Orange, and new bluegrassers rediscover their roots
How college bluegrass programs are shaping the genre / Bluegrass covers of metal songs

Essays by Musicians

Jerry Douglas
Alison Brown
Claire Lynch
Jens Kruger
Bryan Sutton
Chris Pandolfi
Anna Roberts-Gevalt
Mary Gauthier

Cover art by Tim Lee
The high art of jamband concert posters
Illustrations by:
Howard Rains, Alexie Hoffman,
Jenny Ritter, and Drew Christie

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