Supersized Bluegrass Giveaway

Juli Thanki | August 19th, 2011

The IBMA nominations were recently announced, which means that in just a few short weeks, bluegrass artists and fans from all over the world will descend upon Nashville like the swallows returning to Capistrano.

Anyway, in honor of the IBMA Awards (to be held September 29), we’ve got a Big Mon-sized giveaway: one lucky winner will get six CDs by some of our favorite nominated artists. Check them out:

The Boxcars — The Boxcars

Gibson Brothers — Help My Brother

Sierra Hull — Daybreak

Larry Sparks — Almost Home

Josh Williams — Down Home

The Grascals & Friends — Country Classics with a Bluegrass Spin

To enter, leave a comment mentioning what you love about bluegrass below before 12pm Eastern on Friday, August 26. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email, so be sure to leave a valid email address.

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  1. Zeth
    August 19, 2011 at 9:02 am

    It’s fast!

  2. Maryangela
    August 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Saw a few of these greats at Grey Fox this year. Fantastic!

  3. Andrew
    August 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

    It typically involves some very high quality musicianship and vocal harmonies.

  4. Vincent Warner
    August 19, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I love the picking!

  5. Tristan
    August 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’ve been listening to bluegrass before I was born. I listened to UFOTOFU almost everynightt until I was four. Now as a teenager I’m confident that I’m the only one in my school district or any neighboring district who not only has The Bluegrass Album Band and CDs from all its but greatly eenjoys them. It runs through my veins. It’s only natural that I love it.

  6. Max Loudenback
    August 19, 2011 at 9:31 am

    For years, I have fought a battle with major depression. One of the best reasons I love Bluegrass music is that it always makes me feel happy and makes me want to sing along and dance. It is the best “mood-lifter’ in the world! I want to thank all those who love it and love to play it!

  7. Celeste Melville
    August 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The harmonies, the instruments, the history!

    August 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

    this music gets in your soul and never grows old or out of style.I was raised on bluegrass

  9. Kyle Plante
    August 19, 2011 at 9:35 am

    bluegrass feels like a home filled with love, where you feel safe, can be yourself, love wildly and openly.

  10. Crawford Byrne
    August 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Having cut my teeth on The Stanley Brothers, Ralph Stanley, those that played with him, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, I am greatful to see and hear the new generation of greats.There are so many contributing artists and this is too small a space. Blue Grass, Folk, and Country Music is the Heart of what makes us Great.

  11. Ben Piela
    August 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I love bluegrass old and new. I recently got into bluegrass and I love the way that bluegrass bands can have every member going a 100mph and it still sounds great!

  12. Bob Kohlmiller
    August 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Just nothing else like it!! Started listening to it 15 yrs ago and just can’t get enough!!!! Once you start you can’t stop listening. The harmonies, the strings, the honesty of all who are there to play and listen at a concert. THE BEST!!!

  13. Nathaniel Walsh
    August 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Eco friendly fast and fun w/ great people : )

  14. Mack Vannoy
    August 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Great music!

  15. Stephanie Chapman
    August 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Bluegrass just has a way of feeding happiness into your soul. I just started playing bass a little over a year ago, which I wish all my grandparents could be around to see….but every time I play, I feel them with me so strong. And I know if I could see them, they all would have a huge smile on their face! I have met some of the most good hearted people in the bluegrass circuit…it’s just awesome all the way around!!!

  16. rob T.
    August 19, 2011 at 10:03 am


  17. Dawn Leeson
    August 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    It get’s me moving!

  18. Freida Gunter
    August 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I love Bluegrass music. That is what I remember as a child,sitting on the front porch listen to oldtimers pickin and grinnin. The Boxcars are my favorite group and hope to see them win many awards at the IBMA’s

  19. Greg Treadway
    August 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I first heard bluegrass at an early age, and I was never the same after that. The banjo has been described as having a “happy sound,” and I tend to agree with that. But, as much as I love the sound of the instruments, it’s the vocal harmonies that really get to me. I have too many favorite artists/bands that I could list, so I won’t even try, but I will be a bluegrass man ’til the day I die.

  20. Drew S.
    August 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I love them high harmonies, the rollin’ banjo and the bluegrass fiddle. Good stuff!!

  21. Asa Marsh-Sachs
    August 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

    the high energy!

  22. Michael Manning
    August 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I was lucky to have parents who listened to ‘hillbilly’ music when I was growing up. It led me to an appreciation of all musical forms, but I continue to return to bluegrass for its wonderful naivete and musicianship.

  23. Jay Baird
    August 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I love Bluegrass Music cause it’s pure, honest and speaks right to the heart!

  24. Notorious Liz
    August 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    People actually playing instruments and singing without over-production! Music has come a long way, but has not necessarily gotten better. It’s a genre that is constantly reviving/continuing to present actual TALENT, and that’s why I fell in love with it.

  25. kristin anderson
    August 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    what do I love about Bluegrass? What DON’T I love about Bluegrass? It’s got heart and soul, and it tells the story of life, love, loss…listening to Bluegrass always puts a smile on my face, and in my heart. :-)

  26. Sav
    August 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    As the child of immigrants, I struggled throughout childhood and young adulthood to identify what my American “identity” was. How do I balance my parents’ culture with my own? Being raised in Appalachia, my culture inevitably included old-time and bluegrass music. I found in bluegrass a music of identity, a music that told the stories of unadulterated truth about life. Love, loss, joy, pain, sacrifice… The themes explored in bluegrass are universal.

  27. Moore Brothers
    August 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Bluegrass is one big family, puts smiles on faces and touches the heart and it is just plain fun to let it rip!!!

  28. Eric
    August 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    What’s not to love about bluegrass? The songs are honest and speak right to the heart, and can paint vivid pictures in the mind even by not saying very much. The instrumentation is wonderful, and some of the most talented musicians around play bluegrass. The combined sound of an acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass is just perfect.

  29. Ben Foster
    August 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Elegant simplicity and raw emotion :)
    Plus banjos are cool. I don’t care what anyone else says – BANJOS ARE COOL.

  30. Ben Erlandson
    August 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I was born with a bluegrass soundtrack in my head.

  31. Henri Deschamps
    August 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Blue Highway all by it’s lonesome would be reason enough, and then you have all these 1,000’s of very fine folks just as sublime, each different but in one musical family which emerged from core musical values. Like all families they bicker but like The Captain & Tennille likes to say “Love Will Keep Us Together”. It is quite unique. It’s virtuoso words and music made by real human people worth listening to in a world so full of artificial noise designed by companies rather than artists. The only way not to find Bluegrass you like is to only listen to 3 artists and assume that’s the whole deal. Explore and Discover. It’s way more than people might sometimes think.

  32. plain_jo
    August 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I like that in Bluegrass, typically they are great musicians first and foremost

  33. Paul W Dennis
    August 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    My Dad was a big country music fan but not especially fond of bluegrass except he loved hearing Lester Flatt sing. Consequently, except for Flatt aad Scruggs, the only bluegrass I heard as a kid was what little got played on country radio such as Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs and maybe an occasional stray track from somneone else.

    One of my biggest diappointments came in 1969 – we were living in London, where Dad was stationed across from the American Embassy. Mervyn Conn organized the First Annual Wembley Festival of Country Music, billing Flatt & Scrugg as the headliners when we purchased the tickets in January 1969. Between the time we purchased the tickets and tha actual festival date in May 1969 , Flatt & Scruggs broke up so we had to settle for Bill Anderson & The Po Boys, Phil Brady & The Ranchers, Wes Buchanan, George Hamilton IV, The Hillsiders, Jan Howard, Loretta Lynn, Merrill Moore, Orange Blossom Sound, John Wesley Ryles, Conway Twitty & The Lonely Blue Boys, Larry Cunningham & The Mighty Avons and Charlie Walker. The next year’s show was bigger and better but our one chance to see FLatt & Scruggs was gone

    No doubt Jon will nitpick this and tell me the group didn’t split up until after May, but whatever the date of the split up , they were not at Wembley

  34. Rick
    August 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Wow, nothing brings lurkers and cheapskates out of the woodwork like a freebie! (lol)

    I’ve enjoyed bluegrass since I was a kid back in the 1960’s listening to the theme song from the TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies”. The show even featured Flatt and Scruggs on at least one episode as friends (or was it kin?) from back in the hills. I also was hooked by “Dueling Banjos” from the film “Deliverance” although seeing that segment in the film with the inbred hillbilly and what came afterwards altered my perception a bit! (lol)

    My appreciation for bluegrass music has skyrocketed over the last decade to fill in the void left due to the lack of quality, new yet traditional style country music coming out of Nashville. I’ve come to prefer newly minted acoustic music over the electrified stuff, and bluegrass fills the bill quite nicely. I just wish we had a more active bluegrass scene here in Los Angeles…

  35. Thomas
    August 20, 2011 at 3:39 am

    …well, paul w. dennis, these mervyn conn festivals were fantastic. actually, the only chance to see country superstars live in europe (on the continent) for a long, long time. for me bluegrass is like opera – they only way i enjoy it, is live on stage.

  36. Paul W Dennis
    August 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Yes – those Mervyn Conn festivals were wonderful -Dad and I saw the ones in 1969 & 1970 and Dad and my sister saw the one in 1971 – his favorite one of the three because the great Hank Snow, his favorite artist, appeared. As an American military brat, I also got to see American country acts that played at the clubs at the West Ruislip AFB. Also The Nashville Room in Kensington would occasionally feature American country acts as would the BBC when taping shows for airplay

  37. Scot Fuhrman
    August 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    You can find every aspect of life in the songs. Love, hate, sorrow, joy, you name it. True American Music at its best!!

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