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Capital Bluegrass: Hillbilly Music Meets Washington, DC

Kip Lornell


This book documents the history and development of bluegrass music in and around Washington, DC. It begins with the pre-bluegrass period of country music and ends with a description of the local scene near the end of the 2010s. Capital Bluegrass details the period when this genre became recognized locally as a separate genre within country music, which occurred shortly after the Country Gentlemen formed in 1957. This music gained a wider audience during the 1960s, when WAMU-FM began broadcasting this music and the nationally recognized magazine Bluegrass Unlimited was launched in suburban Mary ... More

Keywords: WAMU-FM, Country Gentlemen, Seldom Scene, Don Owens, Bluegrass Unlimited, Connie B. Gay, Washington, DC

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199863112
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199863112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kip Lornell, author
Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology, George Washington University