What style bluegrass do you most enjoy

Our latest poll asks Bluegrass Today readers which sort of bluegrass they enjoy most, and we hope you will take a few seconds to vote.

The style distinctions are imperfect, and we purposely left out a response for “I like it all,” to get a feel for which category would get the largest vote on its own.

Think of the categories below this way:

  • Classic – Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Reno & Smily, Jimmy Martin, et al
  • Traditional – both the first generation artists above, and groups since that day (and today) who keep that sound alive (Karl Shiflett, David Davis, Junior Sisk, Flamekeeper, et al)
  • Contemporary – current artists who base their music on the classic and traditional styles, but who incorporate influences from country, Gospel, folk, etc (Lonesome River Band, The New South, Rhonda Vincent, IIIrd Tyme Out, et al)
  • Progressive – string bands who have grown from a bluegrass foundation, but whose music – while played on bluegrass instruments – is not always familiar as such (Punch Brotherts, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, et al)
  • Jamgrass – largely acoustic acts who use bluegrass instruments to play music that is as influenced by The Grateful Dead as Bill Monroe (Yonder Mountain, String Cheese Incident, et al)

Poll dates: 6-15-12 to 6-21-12

Please use the comments section below to expand or expound on the subject.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Dick Beckley

    You would be better served to ask in what order of popularity we liked the 5 kinds of music you listed , from best to worst. I like all of the first 3 but not much of the fourth and none of the last. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite from the first 3 listed, but I think the low percentage of voters liking the last two speak volumes about which are most popular among festival and concert goers. Yet , the festival event producers keep insisting on booking progressive and jamgrass, even though the attendees reporting here overwhelmingly are turned off by these two types. All in the name of attempting to attract new people to their events who really don’t like bluegrass in the first place, and it ain’t working!