Friday, 6 April 2007

The sound of the Blue Mountains

Karl Heinz Siber reports from Germany:

The Frankfurter Rundschau, a major German newspaper with national distribution, carries an article about the 'rediscovery of bluegrass music in Kentucky' in its weekend edition of Saturday 17 March. The complete article ['Der Sound der blauen Berge' by Frederik Jötten] is now available in the online edition of the paper, at this link.

On the positive side: after so many years of near-total negligence by the major media it is nice to finally see a piece of solid and serious journalistic work devoted to bluegrass music, without the otherwise customary sneering or ridiculing side blows. The author obviously was in Nashville during World of Bluegrass week 2006, and was particularly impressed by two aspects: the musicianship and devotion of the jammers and the fact that so many youngsters are getting into bluegrass music.