The great areas of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina have the sound of “down-home” music that they have been playing for many years. The music, through festivals and sing-along jamborees is being passed down from generation to generation. Yes, kids and teens have found it to be “cool”! No, the ones you will see on the video are not southern boys…but New Jersey kids who know how to really play blue grass.
My family has roots in the Carolina mountains. My Great Grandfather not only served in the Confederate Army, but was a self-proclaimed country doctor, who was credited for saving lives when people did not know how to bring down fevers. He wrapped them in wet sheets and many of them lived to farm, sing, and strum another day. For me, personally, there’s nothing like looking out over the blue mountain range…and feeling the breeze in the face. The fog rolls in and the thunder careens back and forth between the bluish, purple hills.
Much of the music stems from faith…tradition…and songs and dances that were brought by those coming to the New World. Below are some videos I think you will enjoy:
First of the fiddling boys and then a history of the Blue Ridge area.
History of Blue Grass Music in Virginia and North Carolina: