The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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SHIFT LIST: Levon WallaceFor Levon Wallace, whipping up a signature dish in the kitchen isn’t unlike songwriting. “Some of the best cooking happens when it's freeform, when it's fluid, when it comes from the heart,” Wallace says. “Sure, we're relying on things like muscle memory and technique, which any musician worth their weight…
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Steve Martin: Making the Same Sound Different

The sound of a five-string banjo has a cosmic pull. When Earl Scruggs first took to the Grand Ole Opry stage with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in 1945, his rapid-fire, three-finger picking style shocked and stunned the Ryman Auditorium audience and radio listeners across the country. The standing ovation he received shook the entire building to its rafters with hands clapping, boots…

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