J.D. Crowe and the New South (#1003)

A premier bluegrass band headlines its own festival.


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Jubilee


Jubilee


Jubilee

This Jubilee performance by J.D. Crowe and the New South, recorded in Wilmore in 2004 at the festival that carries the band’s name, spotlights deft guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle playing. The song selection assimilates material from other songwriters and musicians, such as Merle Haggard and Jack Spencer, and draws inspiration from first-generation bluegrass originals such as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and Lester Flatt.

J.D. Crowe is regarded as the quintessential Scruggs-style banjoist, a consummate craftsman with flawless timing and fullness of tone. In this performance, he largely blends in with his band and maintains a low profile, playing much of the time in the background. But the Kentucky Governor’s Award in the Arts winner and Nicholasville resident has made incalculable contributions to bluegrass, becoming a symbol of the music itself to audiences around the world.