Bluegrass music is a genre with a rich history, certainly filled with ups and downs. Still alive more than ever, band’s continue to expand on the sound, giving new stylistic approaches. The music is what separates the genre from others, with it’s rigorous instrumentation and heartfelt (sometimes darker) lyrics.
We broke down our ‘Five Bluegrass Songs You Should Know’ list below featuring some of the most edgy, current songs out. Check out the future of the genre below!
Eddy Raven – “All Grassed Up”
Fans are probably most familiar with Raven for his work in country music. During his day in the sun, the singer released 8 No. 1 hits, while being award 30 ASCAP songwriter awards. Last year marked the release of his first full-length Bluegrass album (listen here). Featured on the project is the title track, “All Grassed Up.” The feel-good track pays homage to the founders of Bluegrass music like Ralph Stanley and BIll Monroe. No stranger to penning sing-along tracks, Raven created the song with frequent collaborator David Stewart.
Dewey & Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentleman – “Those Old Mountains”
This group has turned many heads this year with their debut album Under the Mountain. While this is their first album released together, neither Dewey or Leslie are strangers to the Bluegrass world. Dewey toured with the late legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley for the last decade of the singer’s life. Penned by Leslie, “Those Old Mountains,” is a haunting song that tells the story about her upbringing in the Virginia mountains as an authentic coal miner’s daughter. The song includes lyrics that are thought-provoking, with a catchy melody that will take listeners on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The lyrics help to propel the song to a whole new level with its honest and unique approach.
Nu-Blu is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand acts in music. With a more progressive Bluegrass style, the band took their sound to a whole new level on their latest album. Featured on the project is a cover of the Sawyer Brown track, “Gypsies on Parade.” The song actually helped create the title of the band’s latest release, Vagabonds. It’s a term that is very familiar to Nu-Blu, who spends countless days of the year on the road touring. Lead singer Carolyn Routh’s vocals on the track are mesmerizing, and one of the most standout performances in the genre in the last year. Known for taking an outside-the-box approach, Nu-Blu’s sound also has an Americana edge, which could help propel them into different genres in the future.
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road – “True Grass” featuring Junior Sisk and Danny Paisley
The song “True Grass” is arguably the most traditional sounding song on the list. The song asks the question “why can’t bluegrass just be true grass again,” and includes a whole lot of fiddle and banjo. There’s no better way to bring ‘true grass’ back than by featuring Bluegrass favorites like Junior Sisk and Danny Paisley. The song kicks off with Carolina Road’s Tommy Long, who recently won a battle with throat cancer, and “True Grass” marks his return. With the group slated to make several appearances at festivals and venues all summer long, the band’s grassy sound is sure to sweep the nation. The song serves as Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road’s lead single from their upcoming album dropping later this year.
Nathan Stanley – “All I Have To Offer You Is Me” featuring Patty Loveless
Longtime fans of Country music will recognize this song, as it was originally released as a single by legend Charley Pride in 1969. The new version of the song includes a fresh take on the No. 1 hit with its modern approach. The track is featured on Nathan Stanley’s latest project, Controversial Man, released in 2017. Joining the track is ACM and CMA award-winner Patty Loveless. “All I Have To Offer You Is Me” carries on the famous ‘Mountain Sound’ which was made famous by Nathan’s late grandfather, Dr. Ralph Stanley. Nathan is creating his own legacy, as the singer is a frequent performer at music festivals nationwide.
Check out “All I Have To Offer You Is Me” on YouTube: