Homegrown Music' by Stephanie P. Ledgin     BOOK: HOMEGROWN_MUSIC

Homegrown Music' by Stephanie P. Ledgin BOOK: HOMEGROWN_MUSIC

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(Praeger Publishers, 2004) 182pp. Sub-titled "Discovering Bluegrass", this is more of an introductory guide for those just getting into the music than any heavyweight examination of the Bluegrass genre. The book is well-organized, but like any such work it skims very briefly over people and events that we'd like to hear more of --of necessity there are omissions, but also a lot of questionable calls: why are there 4 paragraphs devoted to Klezmer music and not a word of mention to Bluegrass near-legends Jim Shumate, Edd Mayfield, Rudy Lyle, Larry Richardson, Red Taylor, etc? There are references to Phish and Leftover Salmon, but none for Curly Seckler. Author Ledgin --who once worked for the early Bluegrass publication PICKIN' --has a good working knowledge of Bluegrass, and for those who want a short, easily read overview of the music this is not a bad start.