It can be intimidating to be a beginner in bluegrass. Part of the joy of a folk tradition is that it is largely passed down through people rather than prose. We learn our songs by ear, we sit together around campfires and share tunes that we know, we teach each other the chords and the rhythms of this music that we all love.
But as someone just starting out? That can be straight up terrifying.
BLUEGRASS PRIDE EXCLUSIVE – A driving old-time flavored tune composed by Brandon Godman, "General Kuster" is the sole instrumental on the album, shining a spotlight on the true picking talent of all of the musicians featured. It was written in honor of Bluegrass Pride and the leader of the 2017 Bluegrass Pride season, Ted Kuster.
We here at Bluegrass Pride didn't set out this year with a carefully thought out plan for how to grow, or what new things we wanted to accomplish. Honestly, most of the plans we did make got thrown out or updated along the way to parade day.
The growth and gains we have made all came about organically as we pushed ourselves to do the best we could for this family we have built over the past 18 months. The love we have for each other and for all of you drives us to work harder and do more, every day.