It’s hard to believe that the better part of a decade has passed since the original BGS website went live. That humble iteration was the brainchild of myself and Ed Helms back in 2012, when we merged our two passion projects – Ed’s LA Bluegrass Situation festival at the city’s famed Largo at the Coronet Theatre, and my humble BluegrassLA blog. Back then, we posted stories and interviews once or twice a week and featured show listings for bluegrass and Americana bands along the West Coast. I was serving as editor, writer, AND brand manager at the time, while still working a full time job in the film industry!
From that first incarnation to the multi-faceted, inclusive, international brand BGS is today, our entire team is so excited to celebrate ten years (!) of amazing musical moments and memories all year long. Each week, we’ll be unveiling one of the “Top 50 BGS Moments” — highlights, milestones, and other things you might have missed — and we also have a whole host of special BGS10 live and virtual events that we’ll be announcing over the next few months.
At the end of the day, we wouldn’t be who we are or WHERE we are without you, our amazing community. You have shown us what we suspected all along: that roots music fans and artists are more different, diverse, and discerning than has ever been reflected in modern music media, and we promise to continue to represent the full spectrum — past traditions, present trends, and future talent — of bluegrass, folk, Americana, blues, trad, country, and beyond.