That Bluegrass Scene
This week's Jubilee features bluegrass veterans The Seldom Scene. The program captures the group's performance at the the 2013 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington.
The Seldom Scene has made its reputation by stretching the boundaries of bluegrass and taking the genre to new heights. – performs on the next episode of Jubilee. Founded in 1971, the group weathered multiple line-up changes early on (only banjo player Ben Eldridge remains from the original group).
But the band’s current members—Eldridge, along with Dudley Connell on guitar; Ronnie Simpkins on bass; Fred Travers on dobro; and Lou Reid on mandolin—have molded into something special.
The group’s current members have been together for the past 18 years. “I think it's safe to say that no second generation bluegrass group [has been] as influential as The Seldom Scene in contributing to the popularity and expansion of this genre of acoustic music,” David Freeman, a renowned bluegrass historian and founder of Rebel Records, told Smithsonian Magazine in a 2014 story.
The performance at the Festival of the Bluegrass showcases the group's signature sound—high-energy with daring instrumental solos.
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