By Tiffany Amber Stockton
The Kentucky Derby winner didn't race in the Preakness and finished the Belmont Stakes in 6th, but he's still a champion and record-setter with the biggest odds gap on his win. He won't be put out to pasture anytime soon, but when he does, he'll enjoy some of that Kentucky bluegrass. If you missed the post about why bluegrass is called that, you can read it here.
Today, we're shifting from blue grass to bluegrass music, a style which began in the Appalachian region of Kentucky.
The typically lower-bridge fiddle, which decreases the spacing between the strings, is one of the main two instruments in Bluegrass music. The banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass round out the rest of the group. Just like Big Band music got its inspiration from the Classical masterpieces, Bluegrass also has its roots in centuries-old music stylings. Settlers from Britain, Ireland, and Scotland moved into the Appalachian region, and their ballad-style of music from their homeland came with them. That's why a lot of the music has a sense of jigs and reels. The fiddle was crafted by Italians in the sixteenth century and was popular due to its small size and versatility. The banjo came to America by way of the African slave trade and received notice through minstrel shows. The guitar came from Spain and is used primarily for rhythm.
* Bluegrass music. Yay or nay for you?
* For the non-fans, what is your favorite style or genre of music? Favorite artists/groups?
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