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Minnesota's Bluegrass Revival


MinneCulture | KFAI

For the last several years, a bluegrass revival has been taking place in and around the Twin Cities. KFAI producer Sarah Lageson talks to musicians Quillan Roe of the Roe Family Singers, Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone, radio host Phil Nusbaum, and banjo player Liz Olds. This documentary examines the local bluegrass resurgence, what it means for musicians and fans, and the divide between purists and progressives. Thanks to Phil Nusbaum, Quillan Roe, Liz Olds, Kevin Kniebel, Lindsay Nygaard, and Nancy Sartor. Featured music (in order of appearance): Roe Family Singers "Elspeth’s Farewell," Dorothy Rorick "The House Carpenter," Bill Monroe "Uncle Penn," Roe Family Singers "The Crawdad Song," Koerner, Ray and Glover "John Hardy," Pert Near Sandstone "A Lazy Man’s Load is a Heavy One," Dwight Diller and John Morris "Always Lift Him Up and Never Knock Him Down'" Trampled by Turtles "Ceiling Side," Pert Near Sandstone "Wild Bill Jones," Trampled by Turtles "The Outskirts," Pert Near Sandstone "Liza Jane," Trampled by Turtles "Pipe Knot," and Pert Near Sandstone "Happy Hollow."