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Bluegrass Breakdown

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Bluegrass Breakdown

Tune in every Sunday from 6:00-8:00 p.m., when host Jennifer Ramm brings you the best in bluegrass and related music. With roots in Celtic, country, folk and blues, bluegrass has a rich heritage that continues to grow thanks to a new generation of gifted musicians.

From masters like Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs to contemporary artists like Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs, from rock-ribbed traditional to boldly progressive, you'll hear it all on Bluegrass Breakdown.

Where to buy bluegrass recordings for your musical library

  • County Sales - for decades one of the best sources of bluegrass and old-time music.
  • Elderly Recordings - a great place to find bluegrass, Celtic, blues, Cajun, singer-songwriters, and more.
  • Amazon.com has huge selections of every kind of music, including bluegrass.

Record Labels

Track the latest bluegrass releases at:

Learning more about bluegrass: books, videos and magazines

To learn more about bluegrass music, we recommend:

  • Bluegrass: A History by Neil Rosenberg (University of Illinois Press, 1985)
  • Bluegrass: An Informal Guide by Richard Smith (Chicago Review Press, 1995)
  • Can't You Hear Me Callin': The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass by Richard D. Smith (Little Brown, 2000)
  • Bluegrass Breakdown by Robert Cantwell (University of Illinois Press, 1984)
We also recommend the fine documentary High Lonesome (available on video from County Sales and other stores). You can keep up to date on the bluegrass scene with subscriptions to Bluegrass Unlimited magazines.

Internet Resources