With retail sales of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
exceeding 6.5 million copies since its 2000 release, bluegrass music
has re-entered the spotlight as a major American style, spawning huge
successes with subsequent albums.
Author Stephanie P. Ledgin has captured
the rich history of this music in Homegrown Music, a lively, informative
book that is perfect for newcomers and devoted fans, musicians,
Though recognized and embraced internationally, bluegrass is one
of only two musical genres native to America and, like jazz,
it boasts a colorful and lively history, one that is captured
here in all its detail complete with candid interviews with such
legends as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Covering such aspects of bluegrass as instrumentation, songs, the festival
experience, and "parking lot picking," Homegrown Music also offers candid
interviews with many celebrated bluegrass figures. An extensive,
up-to-the-minute resource guide of print, audio-visual, and Internet
materials rounds out the volume. Enthusiasts of all ages will find
much to discover and much to enjoy.