J.D. Crowe and the New South (#510)

Quintessential bluegrass from one of the genre’s leading lights.


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If there were such a thing as bluegrass royalty, J.D. Crowe would rule all he surveys. The Kentuckian with “perfect time” has made incalculable contributions to bluegrass, Kentucky’s own contribution to music. This edition of Jubilee features Crowe and his legendary band, the New South, in a concert taped at the 1999 Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY.

Throughout his long career, Crowe has been in the vanguard of bluegrass musicians, first as a banjo picker and then as a group leader. He is regarded as the quintessential Scruggs-style banjoist, a consummate craftsman with flawless timing and fullness of tone. The New South has been a proving ground for some of the leading lights of bluegrass music’s third generation, including Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Keith Whitley, Tony Rice, Jimmy Gaudreau, Gene Johnson, Richard Bennett, and Don Rigsby.

While living in Nicholasville, KY, Crowe heard his very first bluegrass performance in Lexington. Now he is as much a symbol of Kentucky as the music itself.