Over the years, many people have asked us to explain what distinguishes old-time music from bluegrass, and vice versa.  This week, we're taking up the challenge.  Join ATBR host Paul Brown for a little history; an audio tour of the main characteristics of old-time music and is more modern descendant, bluegrass; and the synthesis and invention that gave Bill Monroe's style of music, now known as bluegrass, its distinctive identity.  Along the way, you'll hear a fabulous selection of outstanding, classic old-time, blues and bluegrass cuts.  Not to be missed!


  1. John Brown's Dream
    Tommy Jarrell
    June Apple
  2. Why Did You Wander
    Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
    The Essential Bill Monroe Vol. 1
  3. Early In The Spring
    Dellie Norton
    High Atmosphere
  4. Remember And Do Pray For Me
    Lloyd Chandler
    High Atmosphere
  5. Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
    Frank Proffitt
    High Atmosphere
  6. Go Tell It On The Mountain
    Fannie Lou Hamer & choir
    Classic African American Gospel
    Smithsonian Folkways
  7. Way Down In My Soul
    Friendly Four Quartet
    WPAQ: The Voice Of The Blue Ridge Mountains
  8. Break 1 - Pike County Breakdown
    Billy Baker
    Mountains Of Music Homecoming 2015
    Crooked Road
  9. Outskirts Of Town
    Josh White
    Classic Appalachian Blues
    Smithsonian Folkways
  10. Lonesome Road Blues
    Cousin Emmy
    Cousin Emmy & Her Kinfolks
    Bear Family
  11. True Life Blues
    Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
    The Essential Bill Monroe Vol. 1
  12. Walking In The Parlor
    The Hillbillies
    Volume 1
  13. Ground Speed
    Earl Scruggs
    Foggy Mountain Banjo
  14. Toy Heart
    Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
    The Essential Bill Monroe Vol. 1
  15. Shady Grove
    Norman Edmonds & The Old Timers
    Norman Edmonds
    FRC Field Recorders Collective
  16. Break 2 - Twinkle Little Star
    Lauchlin Shaw
    Going Down To Raleigh: Stringband Music In The North Carolina Piedmont 1996-1998
    Pine Cone
  17. Cotton Eyed Joe
    Camp Creek Boys
    Old Time String Band
  18. Sunny Side Of The Mountain
    Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boyds
    You Don't Know My Mind
  19. Shout Lula
    Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
    Short Life Of Trouble
  20. Sugar In The Gourd
    John Ashby & The Free State Ramblers
    John Ashby
    FRC Field Recorders Collective
  21. Take Me In A Lifeboat
    Flatt & Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys
    1947-59 Vol. 1
    Bear Family
  22. Sally Ann
    Sidna & Fulton Myers
    Clawhammer Banjo Vol. 2

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