Homegrown Music

Discovering Bluegrass
Author: Stephanie P. Ledgin
Foreword by Ricky Skaggs
A resource-rich introduction to bluegrass
Paper – $20.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 10/16/2006
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About the Book

Homegrown Music offers an introductory primer for newcomers to bluegrass and provides a novel perspective for fans already captivated by the music.

Award-winning bluegrass writer Stephanie P. Ledgin writes about topics ranging from the music's predecessors to its innovators to contemporary figures. Interviews with legends like Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band provide candid insights and invaluable eyewitness history. Delving into instrumentation, songs, the festival experience, "parking lot picking," and other topics, the book gives neophytes and enthusiasts alike new perspectives on the music. Twenty-five photographs taken by the author and a foreword by bluegrass superstar Ricky Skaggs further enrich the guide while a special section features an extensive bluegrass resource guide to print, audiovisual, and Internet materials.

About the Author

Stephanie P. Ledgin is a longtime music journalist and photographer with credits in publications, recordings, and museums around the world. She was the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Print Media Person of the Year. Her books include From Every Stage: Images of America’s Roots Music.


"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


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