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Homegrown Music

Discovering Bluegrass
Awards and Recognition:

Winner of the 2007 Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in the Career category.

The perfect starting place for bluegrass beginners

Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass is an introductory primer directed at the newcomer to bluegrass that also provides a novel perspective for those already captivated by the music. It covers the history of the genre’s development in a relaxed style, from its predecessors to its innovators. Touching on important personalities, past and present, the book gives a nod to young artists on the horizon, as well as those from the international scene. Other topics include instrumentation, songs, the festival experience, and "parking lot picking."

Candid interviews with such legends as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are included, as is an extensive resource guide to print, audiovisual, and Internet materials. The book is enriched by twenty-five photographs taken by the author, and features a foreword by superstar Ricky Skaggs.

"Every library should own a copy."--Library Journal, starred review

"The perfect introduction for those interested in knowing more about bluegrass and a needed addition to the canon of bluegrass scholarship."--Bluegrass Unlimited

Stephanie P. Ledgin, 2005 International Bluegrass Music Print Media Person of the Year, is a music journalist and photographer with thirty-five years of credits in publications, recordings, and museums around the globe. She is also the author of From Every Stage: Images of America’s Roots Music.

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