Published by Pelican Publishing Company Inc. (April 18th, 2018)
Based on exclusive interviews with over 120 groundbreaking musicians, Craig Harris has crafted what feels like the first truly comprehensive history of bluegrass. His research and never-before-seen photos make Bluegrass a new authority on the genre’s strongest influencers. It is arranged chronologically from Bill Monroe in 1927 to the Earls of Leicester today. Highlights include entertaining facts and anecdotes about Flatt & Scruggs, Del McCoury, Doc Watson, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more. Casual readers and mountain-music buffs alike will come away with a rich understanding of the roots and evolution of this uniquely American sound.
“Mr. Harris gives us not only a fine overview of these uniquely American musical forms, he also colors his descriptions with stories and personal anecdotes, giving readers the sense they themselves are being addressed directly―a great introduction to one of America’s greatest cultural legacies.”
―Mark Rubin, founder of the Bad Livers
“It’s impossible to imagine a more comprehensive or varied cast of interviewees to catch the complex flavor of bluegrass music and its culture.”
―Ron Thomason, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
“Harris follows the perspectives of a broad array of characters as they weave together over the decades, revealing a panoramic view of what bluegrass is all about.”
―Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick, fifteen-time IBMA president and forty-year Hot Rize/Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers member
"For Chicopee resident, musician, author and historian Craig Harris his latest book was a project of self-discovery."
- G. Michael Dobbs
Craig Harris is the author of several books on roots music, American Indian music, and the Band. He has performed with Melanie, Rod MacDonald, Jonathan Edwards, Rick Danko, and the Gaea Star Band, with whom he cohosts a weekly radio show. Harris taught music in public and charter schools before launching his award-winning Drum Away the Blues program.