J.D. Crowe and the New South

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.

Throughout his long career, J.D. 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. And his band, 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.

This artist appears in Jubilee #103: J.D. Crowe and the New South.