weekly playlist #27: bluegrass


Well, you’ve chosen again, and you’ve chosen bluegrass for our 27th weekly playlist. Can you believe we’ve had 27 of these now? I certainly can’t!


Bluegrass is often considered something of an acquired taste.  As a genre of roots music, it developed in the 1940s in the Appalachian region of the USA. It has roots in traditional English, Scottish and Irish ballads and dance tunes, and in traditional African-American blues and jazz.  The genre typically features string instruments and emphasizes the off-beat.


It’s no secret that among other things, I’m a sucker for some traditional music, so I love a bit of Bluegrass. I talked about it a little when I reviewed Corn Nut Creek’s EP, so it’s only fitting that they should be a highlight of this playlist. This is the lone instrumental on the duo’s EP, and it’s a dance-around-the-kitchen interlude. I dare you not to crack a smile when you listen.


Highlight #2 – no surprises, again – is I’ll Fly Away.  This is from the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou which is a soundtrack I think I’ve loved for my whole life – but the harmonies in this song are absolutely exquisite.  They’re perfectly stacked to offer something new on each and every listen, even after two decades of listening on heavy rotation.


Finally – and oh boy, it was hard to limit myself to just three – Sourwood Mountain takes the third highlight spot. This is fun. I chose this in part because it was such a joy to hear something so niche on Nashville (the TV show – of course!) – but because it highlights Rhiannon Giddens and her immeasurable talent. Of all the fantastic musicians I discovered through the series, Giddens has to be one of my favourites.


Find the full playlist here!


One more playlist down! This might be a little bit divisive – but what do YOU think? I love to hear from you, so get in touch and let me know what your highlights are! Don’t forget, you can always suggest your own playlist themes here.