The 1970s: It was all about the 'grass, man
The 1970s also saw consolidation in the ownership of radio stations (albeit, not near as destructive as the consolidation of recent years) and the buyout of many of the smaller, independent record labels by the majors. Bluegrass filled a need for natural, homegrown music free of corporate hype and meddling. It was during the 1970s that bluegrass festivals just seemed to spring up in any open field. It was a worldwide movement, too. The Country Gents toured and recorded a double album live in Japan, plenty of others toured Europe.
One might argue that this was bluegrass music's heyday. That is debatable, but it was a sort of coming of age party for the music, a global introduction to a new crop of loyal fans.
R.C. Harris played with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the early 1970s, He formed Blue Denim in 1973. This cut is from the 1978 LP "Grass Won't Grow On A Busy Street" with guest artists Bobby Hicks, Del McCoury and Herschel Sizemore. R.C. Harris turned to commercial country music for the past few decades. He has released a new CD this year entitled "Comin' Back To Bluegrass". Buy it at County Sales.
Country Cooking had a long string of LPs on the Rounder label. For a list of available CDs visit Rounder Records