Category Archives: bluegrass

Welcome to the 2020 University of Illinois Press Society of Ethnomusicology Virtual Exhibit! While we wish this could be an in-person event, we’re still excited to show you our Ethnomusicology collection. Enjoy books, journal articles, author interviews, and more in … Continue reading

Welcome to the Press’s 2020 IBMA Virtual Exhibit. Step inside, and browse our extensive collection of bluegrass titles, author publications, playlists, and more. Also, enjoy 50% off all bluegrass titles, as well as the chance to buy three titles to … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce Banjo Roots and Branches edited by Robert B. Winans has won the American Musical Instrument Society’s Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize. The Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize is awarded annually for the most distinguished book-length work in English which … Continue reading

This month we’re publishing Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown: The Making of An American Classic by Thomas Goldsmith. It’s a deep dive into the origins and influence of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” against the backdrop of Scruggs’s musical career. Recorded in … Continue reading

Spanning centuries of music history, the banjo remains a recognizable and unique instrument in genres including bluegrass and folk. As the banjo reaches new parts of the world, we can trace back its appearances in the rise of many musical … Continue reading

Tom Ewing presents fans of bluegrass music with an in-depth and long-awaited biography on the Blue Grass Man himself, Bill Monroe. Called “insightful” by The Wall Street Journal,  Bill Monroe: The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man covers Monroe’s story … Continue reading

Meet our authors at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass! Barbara Martin Stephens, Don’t Give Your Heart to A Rambler Mike Doubler, Dixie Dewdrop: The Uncle Dave Macon Story Neil Rosenberg, Bluegrass Generation Penny Parsons, Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music … Continue reading

Remember President William McKinley? Maybe you discussed the Dingley Tariff just the other day. Actually, most people remember McKinley because an anarchist shot him in the early months of his second term in office. His passing opened the door for Theodore Roosevelt. Countless hours of public television … Continue reading

 In honor of Women’s History Month, UIP will be releasing weekly reading lists with some of our favorite women’s history books. We are joining the call to #PressforProgress for gender equality, and we will be updating our Little Free Library, … Continue reading

During the holiday break, we received the sad news that bluegrass pioneer Curly Seckler had passed away at the age of 98. “The greatest tenor singer of all time,” said Marty Stuart, and indeed Seckler’s vocal and mandolin work with the … Continue reading