The Forward Roll

Representation Matters: Niki Savage on the Importance of Bluegrass Pride

Representation Matters: Niki Savage on the Importance of Bluegrass Pride

People get really excited when they hear bluegrass, and even more excited when they realize it's music that they can create themselves. I think demonstrating that it's an open, welcoming community based on passion for the music will help people see themselves as someone who could play bluegrass.

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A Traditional Revolution: How Sam Gleaves Is Changing Roots Music

A Traditional Revolution: How Sam Gleaves Is Changing Roots Music

To tell you the truth, I don’t want to fight
I just want to say one thing outright to you
Ain’t we flesh and blood all through
And ain’t we brothers too? -- Sam Gleaves (feat. Tim O'Brien), "Ain't We Brothers?"

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Will the Circle Be Unbroken? How Bluegrass and LGBT Culture are Intertwined

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Soundtrack to Bluegrass Pride

In songs, we can find hope; we can vent anger; we can be moved to tears. Perhaps most importantly, though, we can find a much-needed sense of community with the simple push of a button.

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San Francisco Shows Off Its Bluegrass Pride

San Francisco Shows Off Its Bluegrass Pride

"Once the Bluegrass Pride initiative got rolling, there was a lot of excitement around all the possibilities at hand," Godman says. "My mind was full of ideas, but doing a bluegrass cover of Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' was a must. After mentioning the idea to Melody Walker of Front Country, it all just fell into place. It was such a fun time to record this and experience a community coming together."

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