Bluegrass is an upbeat musical style that makes much use of acoustic stringed instruments, particularly banjos. Providing you enjoy the basic sound of traditional bluegrass music, the music here is great, featuring tracks by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Reno and Smiley, the Stanley brothers, Mac Wiseman, the Blue Sky Boys, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, Molly O'Day and others.
Here you will find bluegrass classics such as Blue moon of Kentucky, Foggy mountain breakdown, Roll in my sweet baby's arms and Uncle Pen, together with bluegrass versions of other famous songs such as Will the circle be unbroken, Orange blossom special, Wabash cannonball, Cotton eye Joe, When the saints go marching in and You are my sunshine. Plenty of other tracks are featured, some better known than others but all worth a listen.
The brief liner notes are inaccurate, seeming to confuse the history of country and bluegrass music. Of course there is room for confusion, since bluegrass evolved from country just as country evolved from folk music. However, the most blatant error is the comment that country music was first highlighted by Billboard magazine as a separate genre in the fifties; The Billboard country music charts actually started in 1944. Well, it is a budget collection so I wasn't expecting much from the liner notes, but they could have been better.
With 75 tracks at a bargain price, I'm not going to mark this down just for the sloppy notes. It provides a great selection of vintage bluegrass music, all of it recorded more than fifty years ago.