Bluegrass Mapping Project: Asheville


Bluegrass music is one of the United States’ indigenous forms of music. It emerged from a collision of the traditional Scotch-Irish music of the Appalachian region and jazz, rock and roll, and popular music of the mid-twentieth century. Asheville, NC is a city that serves as the largest population center in western North Carolina. Music of many styles I played in Asheville, but traditional forms, particularly Bluegrass are especially popular forms. This pathfinder is for researchers who are interested in historical and elemental aspect of Bluegrass music in Asheville. The works and texts can be found in the WNCLN (Western North Carolina Library Network) system. (University of North Carolina at Asheville, UNCA; Western Carolina University, WCU; Appalachian State University, ASU).

Introductory Text: 

General information about Bluegrass music in Asheville, NC can be found in these sources:

Dotson-Lewis, B.L. The Sunny Side of Appalachia: Bluegrass from the Grassroots. West Conshohocken, Pa: Infinity Publishing, 2008. Print.

Fussel, Fred, and Cedric N. Chatterley. Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle. Chapel Hill: U of NC P, 2003. Print.

Sweet, Stephen. “Bluegrass Music and Its Misguided Representation of Appalachia.” Popular Music & Society 20.3 (1996) : 37. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Feb. 2012.

Thomas, Kara Rogers, (Author). “Music In The Mountains: Music And Community In Western North Carolina.” (2004): RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. Web. 6 Feb. 2012.

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

These subject headings will lead to related materials about Bluegrass music, and Bluegrass Music in Asheville, NC:


Bluegrass Music Festivals

Southern Music - American Music

Old Time Music - Southern States

Folk Music - United States

Bluegrass Music Fiction

Bluegrass Musicians - Biography

Fiddle Tunes - History and Criticism

More General

Bluegrass Music Competitions

Bluegrass Music Directories

Bluegrass Music Discography

Bluegrass Music Anecdotes

Country Musicians


Popular Music Southern States History and Criticism

Gospel Music

Honky Tonk Music

Rockabilly Music

Western Swing (Music)

Popular Music - United States - History and Criticism

Library of Congress Call Numbers: 

These call numbers will lead to related materials about Bluegrass music.


ML 418

ML 419

ML 420

ML 421

ML 3477

More General

ML 106

ML 156

ML 385

ML 394

ML 3523

ML 3524


PS 3569

PS 3561

ML 128

ML 394

M1 628

ML 3551


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Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

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Abstracts and Indices: 

The following Abstracts and indices are useful for basic research about Bluegrass music. These databases can be accessed through the ASU Library website and are listed by mosr useful.

RILM Abstracts and Music Literature (


Academic OneFile (

American Song Database (

Dissertation Abstracts Online (


These journals chronicle the history of Bluegrass music and the current happenings in the industry. They are listed by most useful.

Bluegrass Unlimited. Monthly Publication. Broad Run, VA. ASU Special Collections has bound: v.2 1967- (scattered issues). ASU Special Collections ML1 .B68.

Bluegrass Music Profiles. Quarterly Publication. Nicholasville, KY: Bluegrass Publications. ASU Special Collections has Bound: March/April 2003-. ASU Special Collections ML3519 .B66

Banjo Newsletter. Monthly Publication. Greensboro, MD. ASU Special Collections has bound: v.1- 1973- . ASU Special Collections ML1 .B35.

Sing Out. New York City, NY: Peoples Artists, 1950-. ASU Special Collections has bound: v.24 no.2; v.25 no.4-6; v.26 no.1-2, no.6; v.27 no.1-4. ASU Special Collections ML1.S588.

Muleskinner News. Elon College, NC. ASU Special Collections has bound: v.1 no.1, Aug. 1969; v.3 no.3-10, May-Dec. 1972; v.4 no.1-8, Jan.-Aug. 1973. ASU Collections ML1 .M1948

The Devil’s Box. Madison, AL; Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers’ Association, 1967-1999. ASU Special Collections has bound: v.1-33. ASU Collections ML1 .D325.

Other Sources: 

Other Relevant Materials:

“Arvil Freeman: Fiddler.” Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. 2001. Web. 9 Feb. 2012.

Bele Chere. Asheville, NC: Mountain Xpress, n.d.. Print.

Bernhardt, Jack. “Steep Canyon Rangers: Young And On The Way.” Bluegrass Unlimited 37.6 (2002): 58-61. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

Brantley, Michael. “David Holt: Musician, Storyteller, Grammy Winner, Renaissance Man.” Bluegrass Unlimited 44.1 (2009): 34-37. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

---. “Balsam Range: Makes it Look Easy.” Bluegrass Unlimited 43.8 (2009): 24-26. MLA International BibliographyI. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

Erbsen, Wayne. The Bluegrass Gospel Songbook. Asheville, NC: Native Ground Books & Music, 2006. Musical score.

---. Rural Roots of Bluegrass: Songs, Stories & History. Asheville, NC: Native Ground Music, 2003. Print.

---. and Dirk Powell. Southern Mountain Fiddle. Pacific, MO: Mel Bay, 1995. Musical score.

Goldsmith, Thomas. “Bryan Sutton Rules.” Bluegrass Unlimited 35.2 (2000): 38-43. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2010.

Harris, Aaron, K. “Jim Van Cleve.” Bluegrass Unlimited 41.6 (2006): 40-43. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb, 2012.

Henry, Casey. “The Steep Canyon Rangers Live Their Lives One Gig At A Time.” Bluegrass Unlimited 41.3 (2006): 40-44. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

Hoffman, David, Obray Ramsey, Artus Moser, Mike Seeger, Alan Lomax, Tommy Hunter, Roger Sprung, “Red” Raper, and Ray Lunsford. Ballad of a Mountain Man: The Complete Bascom Lunsford Story. Redwood Estates, Calif.: CustomFlix.

Howell, Roger. “The Tradition Continues: A Short History of Mountain Music in Madison County North Carolina.” The Devil’s Box 31.1 (1997): 3-10. Print.

Ledgin, Stephanie D. “David Holt: Preserving Bluegrass and Old-Time Music.” Bluegrass Unlimited 37.4 (2002): 36-39. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

Lehndorff, John. “On The Rize: Landmark Bluegrass Band Still Hot After All These Years.” Bluegrass Unlimited 45.3 (2010): 22-27. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

McCarty, David. “Bryan Sutton: Bluegrass Guitar’s King of the Hill.” Bluegrass Unlimited 38.10 (2004): 52-54. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb 2012.

Menius, Arthur. “Marc Pruett Does it All.” Bluegrass Unlimited 19.10 (1985): 27-30. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb. 2012.

Miller, Dan. “Bryan Sutton: He‘s Ready to Go.” Flatpicking Guitar Magazine 4.4 (2000) Print.

--- “The Winfield Three.” Flatpicking Guitar Magazine 14.3 (2010): 6-9. Print.

“Mountain Folk Festival Opens Here on Thursday.” Asheville Citizen-Times 31 July 1977: 13C. Print.

“Musician Playing Mountain Tunes.” Hickory Daily Record 22 Sept. 1983: 13B. Print

Parsons, Penny, and Michael Traister. “The Steep Canyon Rangers: Their Time Has Come.” Bluegrass Unlimited 44.5 (2009): 18-23. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 6 Feb. 2012.

“Weekend in WNC: shindig.” Asheville Citizen Times 29 July 1977: 20. Print.

Wernick, Pete. “Steve Martin: ‘…Hoping That a Kid Somewhere is Listening to Me’.” Bluegrass Unlimited 44.4 (2009): 24-30. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 7 Feb 2012.

Compiled by: 

Brandon Johnson

26 April 2012