Bluegrass — My Heritage

I began playing guitar 49 years ago this month. I learned from three pickers who began playing in the 1940’s. It was bluegrass, but also some music that is called old timey. My grandfather was born in 1872 and learned classical violin, but then he played the raw fiddle tunes popular after the civil war. I remember him playing one time when I was very small. That is him playing the fiddle in this photo. The other three young men were the ones who taught me ~10 years later.

Jamming 1940’s style
Jamming 1940’s style

As a result, bluegrass and old timey have been part of my life in one form or another. Recently on YouTube I have found some homemade videos made in living rooms, etc. That brings back so many fond memories. When others in high school were dating, etc. I was playing guitar in somebody’s living room or garage.

So, I find this particular video that strikes a reminder of what I experienced. They are good; only wish that Randi had faced the camera! But the music, harmony, and instrumentals are precious to me.


Author: exegete77

disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, and theologian

5 thoughts on “Bluegrass — My Heritage”

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving your kind comment. 🙂
    What a wonderful picture of your father and his friends! There’s a soft spot in my heart for bluegrass as I live in the southeast U.S. There is a certain joyful simplicity to that kind of music (although it’s far from simple music -grin-). Have a great day!

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  2. Hello!
    Thank you for sharing this photo and story. It’s a really moving photo. I put it on my desktop a while back to remind me to play, and looking now I just thought I’d write and thank you for it. It doesn’t feel like it was taken 60 years ago.
    It looks like I’m not the only one, either. I see it on a dozen or so pages around the internet, including this YouTube video:
    Hope you’re doing well and keep on pickin!

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    1. Thanks, Chuckk. Appreciate your interest. I didn’t know that someone used the photo on their YouTube channel. Thanks for the link.


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