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Publisher: Holland Brown Books
Author: Fred Bartenstein, Gary Reid & Others
Foreword by Joe Wilson
Pub Date: 1/1/2015
Pages: 256 pages
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in.
Illustrations: 44 color, 19 black & white photographs
ISBN: 978-0-9897544-1-5
Format: Hardcover

The Bluegrass Hall of Fame
Inductee Biographies 1991-2014

By Fred Bartenstein, Gary Reid & Others

The International Bluegrass Music Museum presents, for the first time in book form, carefully researched and engagingly written profiles of the pioneers of bluegrass music. The authors, who knew most of the Hall of Fame members personally, document not only the facts and career accomplishments of these men and women, but also capture a sense of their personalities and their impact upon fellow musicians and fans. The biographical sketches are accompanied by photographic portraits, many never-before published. A brilliant and multi-colored bluegrass mosaic emerges in this historical work, a handsome addition to the libraries of music lovers everywhere.

“This is a collection of biographical material about musicians who changed the world they inherited. They changed it suddenly and dramatically, and their creations are still evolving and reaching into the future. Millions turn to that sparkling stream of sound, knowing instantly that it speaks to their souls. Nothing created on our shores is more instantly recognized as ‘American’ than this music called bluegrass.”
– Joe Wilson, Founder/Chairman Emeritus, National Council for the Traditional Arts

Fred Bartenstein teaches country and bluegrass music history at the University of Dayton. He is the editor of Bluegrass Bluesman: Josh Graves; Roots Music in America; Lucky Joe’s Namesake, and coauthor and editor of Industrial Strength Bluegrass and The Bluegrass Hall of Fame: Inductee Biographies, 1991–2014.

Gary Reid is a bluegrass music historian, journalist, and producer, based in Roanoke, Virginia.