J.D. Crowe and the New South (#103)

An evening of Kentucky bluegrass with one of its leading lights.


If there were such a thing as bluegrass royalty, J.D. Crowe would rule all he sees. The Kentuckian with “perfect time” has made incalculable contributions to bluegrass, Kentucky’s own contribution to music. Jubilee features bluegrass legends J.D. Crowe and the New South in a concert from 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. 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.

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 he plays.