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Bluegrass in Baltimore Book Released Today

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Bluegrass In Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound & Its LegacyBased on interviews with many of the legendary players from this golden-age of bluegrass in Baltimore, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound & Its Legacy, is the first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape. Released today, Bluegrass in Baltimore looks in detail at the highly-influential scene in Baltimore that produced such key figures as Del McCoury, Earl Taylor, Walt Hensley, Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, Russ Hooper, Mike Seeger, and Mike Munford and explores their impact and lasting legacy.

With an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 1950s, Baltimore found itself populated by some extraordinary mountain musicians and was for a brief time the center of the bluegrass world. Life in Baltimore for these musicians was not easy. There were missed opportunities, personal demons and always the up-hill battle with prejudice against their hillbilly origins.

Come celebrate the release of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and Its Legacy by: Tim Newby August 2 at the Creative Alliance with a book release party presented by Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival and music from Cris Jacobs & Patrick McAvinue, Caleb Stine, and Bluestone. There will also be discussion of the book with author Tim Newby. Tickets are on sale now. Get yours now!

Bluegrass In Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound & Its LegacyThe journey of these Baltimore musicians was not an easy one. They struggled in the face of a music industry that viewed the music they made as the “poorest example of poor man’s music.” There were missed opportunities, personal demons, and the always up-hill battle these pioneers had to fight because of the prejudice against their hillbilly backgrounds. Due to this many of these original Baltimore musicians found they were often resigned to the overlooked role of early innovator or forgotten influence, but the music they made and the influence they had has lasted forever.

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