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albums The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up all of your favorite bluegrass albums of all time.

Bluegrass is an American roots music that is a subset of country music. With roots primarily in Appalachia, this style dates back to the 1800s, with many of the songs being used for Minstrel shows and often referred to as a mix between blues and jazz music. It reflects the hardships of living in rural Appalachia and the everyday life people live there. 

Many of these albums have some of the greatest bluegrass songs of all time on them, too. 
 

What are the best bluegrass albums of all time? It's time to decide. This list is votable and rerankable. Vote up the greatest bluegrass albums, and feel free to add any that you don't already see on here.

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I've Got That Old Feeling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
I've Got That Old Feeling Alison Krauss - Grammy winning album in 1991

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Southern Flavor Bill Monroe, Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - Grammy winning album in 1989

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True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe Grammy winning album in 1997

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When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers A comilation from Nashville's great duo of the 1950s.

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Bluegrass Rules! Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder - Grammy winning labum in 1999

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So Long So Wrong Alison Krauss & Union Station, Alison Krauss - Grammy winning album in 1998

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Every Time You Say Goodbye Alison Krauss & Union Station, Alison Krauss - Grammy winning album in 1993

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New Favorite is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
New Favorite Alison Krauss & Union Station - Grammy winning album in 2002

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The Company We Keep Del McCoury Band - Grammy winning album in 2006

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Now That I've Found You: A Collection The album that made Alison Krauss a star. A great retrospective album

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The Great Dobro Sessions Grammy winning album in 1995

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Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go The Nashville Bluegrass Band - Grammy winning album in 1994

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The Grass Is Blue Dolly Parton - Grammy winning album in 2001

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Live Grammy winning album in 2004

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Unleashed The Nashville Bluegrass Band - Grammy winning album in 1996

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Lost In The Lonesome Pines Jim Lauderdale, The Clinch Mountain Boys, Ralph Stanley - Grammy winning album in 2003

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The Streets of Baltimore

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Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder - Grammy winning album in 2009

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Ancient Tones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Ancient Tones Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder - Grammy winning labum in 2000

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American Roots: A History of American Folk Music An eclectic mix of public domain recordings that include bluegrass as well as its country cousins.

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Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics A great compilation of all the classics including feudin abnjos

The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

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The Bluegrass Diaries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
The Bluegrass Diaries Jim Lauderdale - Grammy winning album in 2008

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
The Crow Steve Martin - Grammy winning album in 2010

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Brand New Strings Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder - Grammy winning album in 2005

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Country Songs Old A great classic folkways album from the 1960s

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The Mountain Steve Earle, Del McCoury Band - An album whose mission it is to create timeless bluegrass classics. Accompanied by a fantastic bluegrass ensemble.

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Secrets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Peter Ross added Secrets

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Daybreak Bela fleck blends bluegrass with other genres like jazz and celtic in this classic release.

The Best Songs by The Band Perry

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Long Journey Home Live recording from the 1964 Newport Folk Festival

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City of Refuge Abigail Washburn - Eclectic and abitious album that aims to explore the folkways of other countries like asian and britain as well as America's bluegrass roots.

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Mountain Soul II Patty Loveless - Grammy winning album in 2011

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Aereo-plain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Peter Ross added Aereo-plain John Hartford

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Nobody Knows You Steep Canyon Rangers - Grammy winning album in 2013

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Carolina Moonrise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Peter Ross added Carolina Moonrise Jim Lauderdale - Jim Lauderdale

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Lonely Runs Both Ways is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
looksharp added Lonely Runs Both Ways Alison Krauss & Union Station, Alison Krauss

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Old Ties An old-timey traditional album that gives off the great picking and stark sounds of Norman Blake.

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Instrumentals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Instrumentals Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder - Grammy winning album in 2007

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The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie Good comilation that gives a solid overview of Guthries' music in a two CD set.

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Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station, Alison Krauss - grammy winning album in 2012

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I Still Believe In You Vince Gill - Platinum bluegrass record from the traditionall country Gill

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Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down A classic album from a musician who knows the ins and outs of country, rockabilly, folk, bluegrass and more.

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Backporch Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Peter Ross added Backporch Bluegrass The Dillards

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The Valley Road Grammy winning album in 1990

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Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen at Edwards Barn Great album by two underappreciated bluegrass musicians that play a great live set tgether.