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Progressive bluegrass artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good progressive 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 progressive bluegrass bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. New age 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 progressive bluegrass bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest progressive bluegrass bands of all time, since the most famous progressive bluegrass artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best progressive bluegrass music.

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

List is made up of a variety of new age bluegrass artist, including The String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams. Rank your favorites using the thumbs up and thumbs down buttons. Give a thumbs down to artists like Railroad Earth and Yonder Mountain String Band if you don't like them and a thumbs up if you do.

All important, significant and iconic names in progressive 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 progressive 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 progressive bluegrass, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into progressive 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 progressive bluegrass bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent progressive bluegrass bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best progressive bluegrass bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest progressive 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 progressive bluegrass bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
happytree290 added Trampled By Turtles Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

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Infamous Stringdusters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
incaroads added Infamous Stringdusters Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

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Yonder Mountain String Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Yonder Mountain String Band Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Country

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Greensky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Greensky Bluegrass Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Béla Fleck Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Punch Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Punch Brothers Classical music, Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass

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Alison Krauss & Union Station is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Alison Krauss & Union Station Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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The SteelDrivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
DavidPayton added The SteelDrivers Bluegrass

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Nickel Creek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Nickel Creek Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Chris Thile Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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The Devil Makes Three is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
The Devil Makes Three Acoustic music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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New Grass Revival is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
New Grass Revival Progressive bluegrass, Country

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David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Railroad Earth Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

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Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
AmyAndrews added Old Crow Medicine Show Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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Del McCoury Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Del McCoury Band Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Bluegrass

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Hot Rize is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Hot Rize Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Crooked Still is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Crooked Still Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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The Seldom Scene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
The Seldom Scene Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Sara Watkins Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Marleigh Donn Farlow added Sierra Hull

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The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
The String Cheese Incident Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Noam Pikelny Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Edgar Meyer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Edgar Meyer World music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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Peter Rowan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Peter Rowan Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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John Prine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
John Prine Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Keller Williams Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

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The Wailin' Jennys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Miles B Huff added The Wailin' Jennys Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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The Lil Smokies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Jake Renick Simpson added The Lil Smokies

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Sean Watkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Sean Watkins Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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Mandolin Orange is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Russell Ash added Mandolin Orange

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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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Chris Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Chris Eldridge Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Darol Anger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Darol Anger New Age music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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J. D. Crowe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
J. D. Crowe Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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Drew Emmitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Drew Emmitt Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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The Greencards is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
The Greencards Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Jeff Austin Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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The Travelin' McCourys is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Marleigh Donn Farlow added The Travelin' McCourys

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Old Man Markley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
TonyBartlett added Old Man Markley Bluegrass, Punk rock

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Them Coulee Boys is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Kevin Lange added Them Coulee Boys Absolutely great band out of the Northwoods of Wisconsin. This is a very progressive band that is hard to put into the bluegrass category because they're so dynamic. There's a lot of good bands out of this Driftless a music ...

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The Country Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
The Country Gentlemen Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Victor Wooten Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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The Cherryholmes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Michael Jolin added The Cherryholmes

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Della Mae is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Russell Ash added Della Mae