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The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time 

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Updated March 30, 2020 562 votes 138 voters 12.5k views

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 Feelin... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
By Alison Krauss (1990); Tracks: Wish I Still Had You, It's Over & Tonight I'll Be Lonely Too
Grammy winning album in 1991
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By Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (1997); Tracks: Ridin' That Midnight Train, I Hope You've Learned & Drunken Driver
Grammy winning labum in 1999
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Grammy winning album in 1989
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Aereo-plain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Peter Ross added By John Hartford (1971); Tracks: Back in the Goodle Days, Leather Britches & Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry
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Grammy winning album in 1997
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By Alison Krauss & Union Station and Alison Krauss (1997); Tracks: I'll Remember You, Love & in My Prayers
Grammy winning album in 1998
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By Alison Krauss & Union Station and Alison Krauss (1992); Tracks: Lose Again, Another Day & Another Dollar
Grammy winning album in 1993
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Grammy winning album in 1995
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A comilation from Nashville's great duo of the 1950s.
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By Steve Earle and Del McCoury Band (1999); Tracks: Dixieland, Long & Lonesome Highway Blues
An album whose mission it is to create timeless bluegrass classics. Accompanied by a fantastic bluegrass ensemble.
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Ancient Tones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
By Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (1999); Tracks: Little Bessie, Boston Boy & Give Us Rain
Grammy winning labum in 2000
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The album that made Alison Krauss a star. A great retrospective album
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By Dolly Parton (1999); Tracks: Travelin' Prayer, I Am Ready & I Still Miss Someone
Grammy winning album in 2001
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Backporch Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
Peter Ross added
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New Favorite is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
By Alison Krauss & Union Station (2001); Tracks: The Lucky One, I'm Gone & Crazy Faith
Grammy winning album in 2002
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By The Nashville Bluegrass Band (1993); Tracks: Train of Yesterday, Open Pit Mine & Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go
Grammy winning album in 1994
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By Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (2008); Tracks: When You're Lonely, It's Mighty Dark to Travel & Mother's Only Sleeping
Grammy winning album in 2009
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By Del McCoury Band (2005); Tracks: Fathers and Sons, When It Stops Hurtin' & I Never Knew Life
Grammy winning album in 2006
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Grammy winning album in 2004
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By The Nashville Bluegrass Band (1995); Tracks: Tear My Stillhouse Down, Dog Remembers Bacon & Almost
Grammy winning album in 1996
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By Abigail Washburn (2011); Tracks: Bring Me My Queen, Chains & Bright Morning Stars
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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By Steep Canyon Rangers (2012); Tracks: Between Midnight and the Dawn, Natural Disaster & Open Country
Grammy winning album in 2013
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By Patty Loveless (2009); Tracks: Bramble and the Rose, A Handful of Dust & Friends in Gloryland
Grammy winning album in 2011
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Old & In The Way is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bluegrass Albums of All Time
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