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

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196 51
Greensky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

3
79 10
The SteelDrivers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
DavidPayton added Bluegrass

4
178 48
Punch Brothers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Classical music, Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass

5
166 43
Alison Krauss & Union Station is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

6
212 64
Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
happytree290 added Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

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147 35
Yonder Mountain String Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Country

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125 26
Nickel Creek is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Acoustic music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

9
139 39
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
87 15
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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101 21
Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

12
70 10
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

13
89 19
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

14
77 16
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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65 11
New Grass Revival is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Country

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79 18
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

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60 10
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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64 13
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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59 13
Del McCoury Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band, Bluegrass

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51 10
Crooked Still is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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44 10
Hot Rize is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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35 6
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
AmyAndrews added Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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42 11
The Seldom Scene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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41 13
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

25
51 21
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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30 8
Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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21 3
Mandolin Orange is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Russell Ash added

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21 3
The Wailin' Jennys is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Miles B Huff added Traditional music, Folk music, Folk rock

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17 2
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Marleigh Donn Farlow added

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24 6
The Lil Smokies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Jake Renick Simpson added

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26 10
Edgar Meyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
World music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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28 12
John Prine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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17 3
Chris Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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19 5
Sean Watkins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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28 14
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

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14 3
The Travelin' McCourys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Marleigh Donn Farlow added

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16 6
Darol Anger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
New Age music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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21 11
Peter Rowan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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21 11
Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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15 6
Drew Emmitt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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9 1
Della Mae is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Russell Ash added

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14 6
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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14 6
J. D. Crowe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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16 8
The Lil Smokies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Jake Renick Simpson added

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19 11
The Greencards is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country

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14 8
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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15 9
Old Man Markley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
TonyBartlett added Bluegrass, Punk rock

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8 3
The Black Lillies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Pop music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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7 2
Them Coulee Boys is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Kevin Lange added

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 region and these guys are at the top of the pile!

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10 5
The Country Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass, Country