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The Best Bluegrass Bands/Artists

Bluegrass artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good bluegrass bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top bluegrass bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Bluegrass groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all bluegrass bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest bluegrass bands of all time, since the most famous bluegrass artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best bluegrass music.

You can click on the bluegrass band names to see more information about that particular notable bluegrass group. If they're near the top of the best bluegrass artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top bluegrass bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the bluegrass band names themselves.

This is a list that features items like Dave Matthews Band and Jerry Garcia. What's your favorite item on this list? Upvote it and a few more you like to see your opinions impact the order. If you're not a fan of Dolly Parton or The Avett Brothers, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in bluegrass music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new bluegrass bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of bluegrass, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into bluegrass music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good bluegrass bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent bluegrass bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best bluegrass bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest bluegrass musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular bluegrass bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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    Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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    Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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    Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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    Bluegrass, Country

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    Bluegrass, Gospel music

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    Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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    Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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    Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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    Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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    Bluegrass

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    Bluegrass

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    Country pop, Country rock, Honky-tonk

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    Bluegrass

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    Bluegrass, Southern Gospel

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    Bluegrass, Country

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    Bluegrass

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    Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass

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    Bluegrass

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    Jim and Jesse Bluegrass

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    Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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    Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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    Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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    Bluegrass, Country

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    Lonesome River Band

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    Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

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    The Dillards Rock music

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    J.D. Crowe and the New South

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    Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

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    added by Clark Benson

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    Old-time music, Bluegrass, Country

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    Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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    Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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    Mountain Heart Acoustic music, Bluegrass, Country

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    Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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    American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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    Bluegrass, Country

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    Bluegrass, Country

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    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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    Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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    Bluegrass

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    Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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    Rock music, Country rock, Bluegrass

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    Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass

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    Bluegrass

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    Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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    Bluegrass

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    Reno and Smiley Bluegrass

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