Tag Archives: History

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Drifting Too Far From the Shore

Charles E. Moody was not your average gospel songwriter. He alone wrote both the words and the melody of two of the bedrock classics of country and bluegrass gospel, “Kneel at the Cross” and “Drifting Too Far From the Shore.” To get a handle on this man and the songs he wrote, let’s go back… Read More »

Maybelle Carter with an archtop guitar

The Carter Scratch

By Wayne Erbsen They didn’t call her Mother Maybelle for nuthin.’ Nope. In addition to being the mother of three girls (Helen, June, and Anita), Maybelle Carter was nothing less than the mother of flatpicking guitar. Starting in 1927, her lead and rhythm guitar playing laid the foundation of what would later be known as… Read More »

Cleo Davis & Bill Monroe

The Big Bang Theory of Bluegrass

By Wayne Erbsen If the “big bang theory” helps to explain the origin of the universe, perhaps “the big bang theory of bluegrass” will shed some light on the origin of the bluegrass music universe. There are two schools of thought as to the origins of bluegrass music. One has Bill Monroe singlehandedly inventing bluegrass… Read More »

The last king of Hawaii

Ukuleles Come From Where?

This is a guest post from Sarah Jacobs of Know Your Instrument. The ukulele is long-hailed as the national instrument of the Hawai’ian islands. It’s played at luaus, family gatherings, and while simply relaxing on the beach. A lot of children in Hawai’i even learned how to play at a young age. For hundreds of… Read More »

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