"Hi, my name is Brian and I am a former Rock 'n Roll Addict....I had it bad too...." That's how my own "Hooked on Bluegrass" story begins. Yours may begin a lot differently. Chris Stapleton (formerly with the SteelDrivers) starts his with: "... I kind of dropped out of school, was looking for a life direction, and started playing bluegrass..." And Dan Tyminski (Man of Constant Sorrow and Alison Krauss and Union Station) says: "...I was very fortunate to have parents who were music enthusiasts and loved to go to fiddle contests, square dances and bluegrass festivals."For the past ten years, the California Bluegrass Association has been collecting stories from it’s members and from the broader national bluegrass community.
The tales, which range in length from a paragraph to several, answer the simple question...how did you get hooked on bluegrass?
From CBA member pickers to national icons like Doyle Lawson and Rob Ickes to rank and file ‘grinners’, the hooked series present a rich and textured snap shot of the magnetism our music has and the influence it can exert on the lives of those who fall in love with it. Will you share your story and have it added to the Association’s close to 300 hooked on bluegrass tales?
Each post is meant to tell the unique story of one person's relationship with their music, whether as a fan or as a musician.
It’s OK to write about your authorship, your band, or your YouTube channel, etc. but remember that the goal is to share a historical story of becoming "HOOKED," rather than a focus on your current activities.
Also, you’ll want to submit a photo of yourself. A photo in some sort of bluegrass setting might be best - if you have an instrument or perhaps at a festival.
Click here to read the stories. To submit your own “Hooked-On-Bluegrass” story, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.