By the late Fifties, bluegrass had nearly lost its audience, but, thanks to the fledgling folk revival, bluegrass musicians suddenly found themselves playing their supercharged string band music for large, enthusiastic audiences on campuses and in urban folk clubs. A new generation of young people was inspired to pick up the banjo, fiddle, or Dobro. Almost overnight, the bluegrass "scene" sprang into existence. In time, some of these players, like Bill Keith, David Grisman, and Mike Auldridge, began to bring jazz, blues, even rock into the music; such experiments helped spawn an exciting new movement in bluegrass. Among the first recorded evidence of these new ideas was Mike Auldridge's 1972 album Dobro, paired in this reissue with Blues and Bluegrass. Featuring guitarist David Bromberg, fiddler Vassar Clements, and members of Auldridge's band Seldom Scene, they were instant classics. Stately, smooth, polished, even elegant, this music swings like crazy.
Hillbilly Hula, Tennessee Stud, It's Over, Pickaway, Rollin' Fog, Dobro Island, Train 451/2, Take Me, Greensleeves, Silver Threads, Rock Bottom, Jamboree, House of the Rising Sun, New Camptown Races, Mexican Rose, Killing Me Softly With His Song This Ain't Grass, 8 More Miles to Louisville, The Sum of Marcie's Blues, Bottom Dollar, Struttin' the Blues, Panhandle Country, Summertime, Walk Don't Run, Everybody Slides
with David Bromberg, Vassar Clements, John Duffey, Ben Eldridge, Buck "Josh" Graves, Tom Gray, Doyle Lawson, Gerry Mulé, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, John Starling, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates, and others