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BGS Top 50 Moments, #6 – Lynn Morris: the National Banjo Champion Who Couldn’t Get an Audition

Mar 4, 2022

BGS Top 50 Moments, #6 - Lynn Morris: the National Banjo Champion Who Couldn't Get an Audition

To honor the start of Women’s History Month, we want to refocus your attention to a profile you might have missed the first time around; that of a true bluegrass icon, Lynn Morris. A prolific banjo player and singer whose illustrious career has included multiple International Bluegrass Music Award wins for Best Female Vocalist and Song of the Year, and an induction into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2021 (alongside Alison Krauss and The Stoneman Family). Lynn was also the first female IBMA Board Member, and continues to be a mentor and supporter of the music, even after health issues took her away from center stage.

What sets this profile apart from the thousands of other features we’ve published is that it had some of the highest engagement we’ve ever seen on the site. Even now, nearly twenty years after her retirement, Lynn’s legacy continues to ripple through our community in big ways.

Bluegrass and roots music is as much about learning from and appreciating that which has come before as it is discovering what’s ahead. And BGS will continue to be a place that highlights that history for generations of future musicians and fans.

To read more about Lynn Morris and countless other female leaders in the genre, check out Murphy Hicks Henry’s Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass.


Photo credit: Rounder Records

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BGS Top 50 Moments, #6 - Lynn Morris: the National Banjo Champion Who Couldn't Get an Audition