Bands/Musicians The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists  

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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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145 27
Infamous Stringdusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
incaroads added Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

2
209 57
Greensky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

3
232 69
Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
happytree290 added Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

4
189 53
Punch Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Classical music, Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass

5
134 29
Nickel Creek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

6
154 38
Yonder Mountain String Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Country

7
171 46
Alison Krauss & Union Station is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

8
85 12
The SteelDrivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
DavidPayton added Bluegrass

9
146 43
The Devil Makes Three is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Acoustic music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

10
105 23
Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

11
95 19
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

12
93 18
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

13
70 11
New Grass Revival is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Country

14
79 17
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

15
84 20
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

16
73 14
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

17
67 14
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

18
62 12
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

19
63 13
Del McCoury Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Bluegrass

20
52 12
Crooked Still is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

21
47 9
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
AmyAndrews added Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

22
44 12
Hot Rize is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

23
44 12
The Seldom Scene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

24
43 14
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

25
53 24
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band