Billboard Bluegrass chart

BillboardThe year end summary of the Billboard bluegrass music charts are now available to view on-line.

The upper reaches of the Album and Artist charts are dominated by ‘on the edge’ groups, with Old Crow Medicine Show taking the top spot with their album Tennessee Pusher.

Slidawg And The Redneck Ramblers with two entries; Steve Ivey; and Bill & Gloria Gaither And Their Homecoming Friends occupy the remainder of the top five positions, leaving Rhonda Vincent with Good Thing Going leading the mainstream bluegrass acts at number six. Three other Rounder recording bands, The Steel Drivers, Dailey & Vincent, and Dan Tyminski appear in the top 15 at eight, nine and 14, respectively, with their most recent releases for the label.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder; and Nickel Creek also have albums in the top 15.

So, it isn’t surprising that Slidawg And The Redneck Ramblers, with three albums, are the top artists in that chart. Bill & Gloria Gaither, Old Crow Medicine Show and Steve Ivey occupy the next three places in front of Rhonda Vincent in fifth spot.

The Steel Drivers, Dailey & Vincent and the Punch Brothers fill positions six, seven and 10, respectively.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.