Wednesday, January 04, 2006

City Pickers

It started slowly at first and built up to a mass exodus during WWII. Rural hill folk of the Appalachians moved to the cities and factory jobs. They found plenty of work, but they also found slums, crowded conditions, and prejudice. To ease the longing for their native hills, they turned to the familliar sounds of home.

Originally frowned upon, this hillbilly music started to gain a new following of people who had never known the morning mist in a hollow. Bluegrass had moved to the city! By the early 1960's, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland had become the center of the Bluegrass music world. The Country Gentlemen, The Seldom Scene, Red Smiley, Bill Harrell, The Bluegrass Cardinals... the 40 mile stretch from Baltimore to Washington was fertile ground for some of the best bluegrass had to offer.

The musical migration had started. First to other cities throughout North America, then across the oceans to Japan and Europe.

Blue Harvest Band - Cripple Creek from New York City
visit them here

Mudd Creek - Long Journey Home from Green Bay, Wisconsin
hear more here

The Rosinators - Cindy's Breakdown from London, England
more info here

Hillbilly Dust - Longbranch Instrumental from Caroline, Alberta
read more here

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now thats what I am talking about
Ed.
Joey

January 05, 2006 7:44 AM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

this is wonderful stuff..ye cannae whack it...I'm on the covered wagon fryin up some grits...yeehaaa

January 05, 2006 5:13 PM  

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