Sunday, January 5, 2014

Genre research project 17/1360: Bluegrass Gospel

Patty Loveless - Mountain Soul

Religion has been a predominant subject matter in Bluegrass music since its inception, and continues to be a major theme to the present day. Bluegrass Gospel explores the same topics as Country Gospel, utilizing bluegrass instrumentation and vocals. Bluegrass-Gospel is naturally very similar to country gospel, sharing many of the same songs and the same basic attitude. The main difference, of course, is that it's bluegrass, so the harmonies are pitched high and lonesome, the tempos are a little faster, and the instrumental work is deft and blindingly intricate. Christian lyrics, intricate, fast tempos, expressive three and four part harmony vocals and the occasional A cappella chorus are popular distinguishing features of the genre.


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