bands/musicians The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists  

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Over the years, bluegrass music has spread from being a strictly American genre of roots music and country music to a standalone musical style. Emerging from Appalachia, in particular Kentucky, bluegrass bands use elements of Scottish, Welsh and English folk music. Unlike traditional old time music, each instrument plays a role in driving a song's melody while the other parts involve jamming around it. Bluegrass artists are also known for breakdowns where the tempo speed up, the chords are more challenging and thus, becomes a glorified jam session. Bluegrass bands first emerged in the 18th century, but bluegrass music as we know it today (that incorporates country western) first became relevant post-World War II.

So, who are the best bluegrass bands? Any list of bluegrass artists has to include names of famous male and female bluegrass singers, including Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nickel Creek, and the Stanley Brothers. These are some of the best bluegrass bands and with good reason - while new bluegrass bands come and go, these are classics with staying power. Their songs resonate with many fans and are very catchy. There have been multiple generations of bluegrass bands and multiple subgenres, yet when people think of bluegrass, they think of the best groups of the genre.

This list includes both classic and modern / contemporary bluegrass musicians and bands, as well as the names of the places where each got its start. That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best bluegrass bands. If you notice that a band is missing from this list feel free to add them. 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.
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David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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Hillbilly Gypsies is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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Reno and Smiley is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Reno and Smiley Bluegrass

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Mark O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Mark O'Connor Pop music, Folk music, Old-time music

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Alison Brown is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Alison Brown Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass

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Hazel Dickens is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Hazel Dickens Folk music, Bluegrass

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Blue Highway is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Blue Highway Bluegrass - Blue Highway has earned 24 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and two Grammy nominations.  Tim Stafford recently received honors as 2015 SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year and 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the ...

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Claire Lynch is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Claire Lynch Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

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Nothin' Fancy is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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Carolina Chocolate Drops is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Carolina Chocolate Drops Old-time music, Bluegrass, Country

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The Earl Brothers is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Earl Brothers bluegrass

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Jim Lauderdale is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Jim Lauderdale Americana, Bluegrass, Country

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Yonder Mountain String Band is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Yonder Mountain String Band Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Country

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Chatham County Line is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Sara Watkins Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Lost & Found is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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Uncle Earl is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Uncle Earl Americana, Old-time music

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Larry Cordle is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Larry Cordle Bluegrass, Country

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The Bluegrass Album Band is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Bluegrass Album Band Folk music, Bluegrass

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Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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Hot Buttered Rum String Band is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Hot Buttered Rum String Band Rock music, Folk music, Bluegrass

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The Chuck Wagon Gang is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Chuck Wagon Gang Bluegrass, Southern Gospel

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Eddie Adcock is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Eddie Adcock Bluegrass

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Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Davidson Brothers Bluegrass Music

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Chris Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Chris Eldridge Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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David Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
David Rawlings American Primitivism, Americana, Folk music

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Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Keith Whitley Country

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Clarence White is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Clarence White Rock music, Country rock, Bluegrass

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Red Molly is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Red Molly Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass

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Joey & Rory is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Joey & Rory Bluegrass, Country

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The Be Good Tanyas is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Be Good Tanyas Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

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Marty Raybon is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Marty Raybon Christian country music, Bluegrass, Country

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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Acoustic Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Acoustic Syndicate Rock music, Bluegrass

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Cornmeal is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Cornmeal Jam band, Bluegrass

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Monroeville is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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The Greencards is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Greencards Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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Poor Man's Whiskey is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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Kenny Baker is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Kenny Baker Bluegrass

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Blue Mountain Highway is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Blue Mountain Highway Bluegrass - Bluegrass

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Hayseed Dixie is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Hayseed Dixie Rock music, Parody music, Bluegrass

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Bluegrass Brothers is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Bluegrass Brothers Bluegrass, Country

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Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Noam Pikelny Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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The Waybacks is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
The Waybacks Rock music, Bluegrass

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Sweet Sunny South is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Sweet Sunny South Bluegrass

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Byron Berline is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists
Byron Berline Bluegrass