What is tradition in music? It turns out that’s a tricky but illuminating question, and this week Craig puts it to a range of folks at the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.
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CJ Lewandowski of the hot new Po’ Ramblin’ Boys (pictured) want to build bridges between fans of the inside and outside. Doyle Lawson applies it to the atmosphere he’s set at his 39-year-old festival in Denton, NC. John Showman describes how the Lonesome Ace String Band produces traditional sounding music without thinking like preservationists. Multiple IBMA Award winner Becky Bullerknows how to write songs from across the trad/rad spectrum. Jordan Laney brings her scholarly background to the question. East Tennessee State bluegrass music program director Dan Boner says he’s seen tradition take many forms in his students. Asheville fiddler Natalya Weinstein and her husband John Miller tap their respective family histories in their music. And string music educator Happy Traum has helped pass down tradition via video lessons. It’s a fascinating ramble, with music throughout.