Boston Globe covers Berklee bluegrass

We have posted several times about the recent embrace of traditional bluegrass instruments as a principal of study at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, MA. While other post secondary schools facilitate the study of bluegrass music – most notably South Plains College in Levelland, TX and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN – Berklee is the first to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in music for young players who wish to pursue a university study as a banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle or mandolin player.

When we featured Berklee professor David Hollender’s report on The Del McCoury Band’s visit to Berklee this past November, he mentioned to us that a reporter from The Boston Globe was also in attendance that day, and was planning to write a piece about Berklee students using bluegrass instruments for the paper.

That story, written by Sarah Schweitzer, ran on the front page of the December 28 edition of the Globe, and can be accessed via the Globe’s web site,

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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.