Being our own organization has been exciting, scary, rewarding, and exhilarating all at once and all the time. This freedom has opened us up to all kinds of new opportunities for growth and change. But at the same time, we don't have the safety net of an established nonprofit and their decades of experience to fall back on. We are the agents of our own destiny. In the words of Harry Truman: the buck stops here.
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.
This song was written in honor of Bluegrass Pride during our first season and almost immediately became our unofficial anthem here in San Francisco. Its message of inclusion and unqualified acceptance speaks to the exact mission of Bluegrass Pride and the way we want the world to be. Making this music video was a way for us to show people what Bluegrass Pride is really about.
The past two years have been an absolute whirlwind. From that first living room meeting brainstorming what a Bluegrass Pride celebration would look like all the way to where we are now, we've had quite the journey. And that is why I am so thrilled to be here today: announcing the start of Bluegrass Pride as its own nonprofit organization, devoted full-time to the advancement of LGBT musicianship and inclusion within the global bluegrass community.
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.