Week Two of America's Music is centered on the fast picking and high-pitched singing of the branch of country music known as "bluegrass". We will watch about an hour of "High Lonesome", which shows how bluegrass music evolved from it's rural roots during the Twentieth Century. If you are not familiar with bluegrass, "High Lonesome" is a great introduction to this style of music. If you are already a fan, you will be thrilled by the musical gems included in this cinematic time capsule. In either case, I hope you will join us to view the film and discuss it with UT musicologist Caroline O'Meara at the Terrazas Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. For more information about bluegrass and the film "High Lonesome" click here.
Photos shows: Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1940s, from the film High Lonesome - The Story of Bluegrass Music.
America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.”