Acoustic Blue: Making Connections

Massachusetts’ Acoustic Blue was the subject of a video profile last month on the Second Cousin Curly site, a blog that discusses a variety of topics from a New England bluegrass perspective. Actually, a recent interview with the band has served as the basis for a number of posts on Curly’s site covering – you guessed it – a variety of topics.

This particular video, however, is centered around the fact that bluegrass musicians are so much more approachable than is the norm in many other musical genres. As Curly puts it:

“When a star of classical music plays a concert at, say, Symphony Hall here in Boston, it’s common practice for just a handful of carefully vetted music students and aspiring professionals to be permitted into the green room after the performance. When a pop music act plays a venue like the Boston Garden, a select group of fat cats, friends and contest winners are given backstage passes.

In bluegrass, such gate keeping hardly exists. When I go to even very large festivals or concerts, I’m always struck by how accessible some of the biggest names in the business can be. Not only will performers generally come down to the merchandise tables after a show; it’s not uncommon to find them picking around some campsite in the wee hours.”

You can see his full post online.

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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.