by C. Michael Bailey
Del McCoury is a rock star.
Bluegrass, like jazz, exists on the periphery of popular music. It possesses all of the elements that make popular music popular, melody, harmony, rhythm, beat, time, and content. Why, then, is bluegrass a fringe indulgence? I suspect that it is because this pure acoustic music never sold out to its electric counterparts. American country music, of which bluegrass is considered the country bumpkin cousin, has fractured in the past twenty years, opting for the ...read more