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Bluegrass

Bluegrass

Guitarist Billie Ray Johnson (c. 1929–2013) joins son David (b. 1954) on this 1983 instrumental album, which consists of traditional and contemporary bluegrass songs; the artists arranged all of them paying particular homage to the bluegrass styles of Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. David was taught to play guitar by his father at a very young age. “By the time I was 4 or 5 years old,” he explains, “I would get [my dad’s] guitar and bang around on it. He started showing me the proper way to make chords. Finally be bought me my own guitar and he started teaching me how to play.” Liner notes include background information about each of the 12 selections.

Track Listing

101
Blue Grass Breakdown David and Billie Ray Johnson 3:17
102
Sally Goodin' David and Billie Ray Johnson 3:26
103
Kentucky Waltz David and Billie Ray Johnson 3:45
104
Billy in the Lowground David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:46
105
Beaumont Rag David and Billie Ray Johnson 3:09
106
Earl's Breakdown David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:38
201
Grey Eagle David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:54
202
Back Up and Push David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:42
203
Rose Conley (Down in the Willow Garden) / Wildwood Flower (medley) David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:59
204
Fisher's Hornpipe David and Billie Ray Johnson 3:32
205
Gold Rush David and Billie Ray Johnson 3:29
206
Groundspeed David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:16

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