Jack Tuttle
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Bluegrass Timeline

  • 1911 Bill Monroe is born September 13 near Rosine, Kentucky. Youngest of 8 Children.
  • 1920s Radio and Records bring music to rural America
  • 1922 First "Country" recording featuring fiddler Eck Robertson.
  • 1925 Radio Station WSM (We Shield Millions) is formed and includes a "barn dance".
  • 1927 Grand Ole Opry grows from the WSM barn dance.
  • 1927 Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter family record the first "hillbilly" records.
  • 1930s Barn Dance Radio Programs and Record sales grow for "rural" musicians
  • 1935 Monroe Brothers are a huge success with high vocals, fast tunes, and fiery mandolin.
  • 1936 Monroe Brothers Record February 17th, biggest hit: What Would You Give in Exchange and This World Is Not My Home.
  • 1938 Monroe Brothers Split.
  • 1939 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys join the Grand Ole Opry in October. His first song is Mule Skinner Blues. (This is NOT a "bluegrass" band).
  • 1940s Elements of Bluegrass come together
  • 1943 Bill buys his 1923 Gibson Lloyd Loar F-5 mandolin (#73987) in a barber shop in Florida for $150.
  • 1944 Lester Flatt joined Bill’s band.
  • 1945 In September, Stringbean leaves and Earl Scruggs joins in Dec. His first song on the Grand Ole Opry is Whitehouse Blues.
  • 1946 First recording of bluegrass by Bill’s band with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise, and Howard Watts.
  • 1947 Stanley Brothers start their career.
  • 1948 Flatt & Scruggs leave Bill Monroe. Stanley Brothers release Molly and Tenbrooks, the first recorded copy of Bill’s style.
  • 1950s "Bluegrass" becomes a genre with a name, rock causes problems, bluegrass dabbles in rock.
  • 1951 Reno & Smiley. Tons of songs and tunes. Reno has a new banjo style and flatpicks the guitar.
  • 1952 Jim & Jesse. Jesse crosspicks the mandolin. Their harmonies inspire the Everly Brothers and Beatles.
  • 1954 Jimmy Martin forms band with the Osborne Brothers.
  • 1954 Elvis records and plays Blue Moon of Kentucky on the Grand Old Opry.
  • 1955 Flatt & Scruggs add Josh Graves on Dobro.
  • 1957 Country Gentlemen. Seeds of Newgrass.
  • 1960s Beginning of the Folk Scene.
  • 1960 Doc Watson "discovered" by Ralph Rinzler. The start of fiddle tunes on the guitar.
  • Osborne Brothers perform at Antioch College in Ohio, first ever bluegrass concert for college audience.
  • 1961 Bluegrass Day at Luray, VA. (a one day festival).
  • 1962 Ralph Rinzler becomes Monroe's manager. Markets him as the "Father of Bluegrass".
  • 1962 Beverly Hillbillies brings Flatt & Scruggs back to TV.
  • 1963 "High Lonesome" coined.
  • 1963 Bill Keith becomes the first "Yankee revivalist" in Bill’s band. Melodic banjo licks.
  • 1963 The Dillards play the Darlings on the Andy Griffith show.
  • 1964 Clarence White with the Kentucky Colonels. Clarence advances on Doc Watson's guitar.
  • 1965 Carlton Haney's holds first bluegrass festival near Roanoke, Virginia,
  • 1965 Jerry Garcia of Palo Alto gives up bluegrass to do other things, electric folk passes up acoustic folk.
  • 1966 Bluegrass Unlimited begins publishing.
  • 1966 Carter Stanley dies. Ralph Stanley continues on.
  • 1966 Osborne Brothers add an electric bass.
  • 1967 Bonnie and Clyde brings Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Flatt & Scruggs mainstream.
  • 1969 Flatt & Scruggs split.
  • 1970s Beginning of the Festivals, Newgrass takes off
  • 1972 Deliverance brings Dueling Banjos and "Squeal Like a Pig" into American culture.
  • 1973 Clarence White dies. Tony Rice takes Clarence's guitar to the next level.
  • 1973 Festivals get big. Mademoiselle included bluegrass festivals in a list of ideas for fashionable vacations.
  • 1980s Beginning of Nashville New Traditionalists: Skaggs, Stuart, Whitley, Gill
  • 1982 Skaggs & Rice album brings the brother duet to the next level.
  • 1985 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) forms.
  • 1990s Beginning of Alternative Country and Americana Radio
  • 1994 Doyle Lawson brings back the single mike.
  • 1995 Allison Kraus makes millions doing crossover bluegrass/country/pop.
  • 1996 Bill Monroe dies on September 9, 1996.
  • 2000s Internet fuels bluegrass discussions and web site info
  • 2000 Brother Where Art Thou send bluegrass/old-time to new commercial heights.
  • 2006 California legend Vern Williams passes away on 6/6/06.

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Updated June 7, 2008