Personalities | David Grisman | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival

(Mandolin, b. 1945)

Grisman was a city kid from New York who fell so deeply in love with the bluegrass music of Bill Monroe that he devoted himself to mastering his repertoire and his instrument, the mandolin. Grisman produced a record by his bluegrass heroes Frank Wakefield and Red Allen in 1963 and joined their band in 1966. But the same curiosity that led him from Manhattan streets to Carolina hills also led him to improvising jazz and the exotic flavours of klezmer, Latin and swing. It became so difficult to untangle and isolate his many influences that he began to call his sound Dawg Music. The David Grisman Quintet was formed in 1976 and has ever since remained the model for anyone who wants to play acoustic instrumental music with both a love of tradition and the freedom to try new things.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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