Often played in garages and fields, bluegrass is also found in the austere halls of academia. From the folk revival of the 1960’s to today, bluegrass has enjoyed a special relationship with the college concert circuit.
We’ve mentioned The Professors of Bluegrass once before, but it’s been several years. When I saw this article in the student newspaper of Brandeis University, I thought it worth a mention.
The university was host to a couple of concerts recently and the student newspaper ran this review of the performance by The Professors of Bluegrass. I thought it was interesting to read about the music from the student reporter’s perspective. I especially found the last paragraph of the article encouraging.
I found the bluegrass concert entertaining, and the musical talent of the bands far exceeds a lot of the Top 40 music I hear at a typical college party. I recommend you listen to some of these older tunes, as well as looking into contemporary folk and bluegrass bands such as Iron Horse, Della Mae, Dan Bern and Allison Krauss. You may be surprised by what you hear.
Bluegrass Today gives a hearty hat tip to The Professors of Bluegrass for inspiring such a positive review from the student newspaper. Let us hope that more students from Brandeis will heed the advice given in this article.