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VIDEOS: Restless youth turning new page in bluegrass

2011 December 9
by Steve Ide
Cory Piatt

The beautiful thing about attending the annual gathering of bluegrass in Nashville is not just seeing the well-known, amazingly talented musicians that I’ve admired over the years, but also seeing the up-and-comers.

Which young-ins are rocking the bluegrass genre, making traditionalists cringe or stand slack-jawed in fascination? One such musician was 16-year-old mandolinist Cory Piatt of Tennessee, who blew a room of people away at an after-hours showcase, and even got veteran bassist Mark Schatz to join him.

Cory Piatt
Cory also has performed with a group called Highlands Crossing. And I have some videos of them, as well, but here’s a sampling of some of the tunes I recorded at Cory’s showcase:

There were a bunch of new (to me) groups at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass this year. I will try and post some more videos here in the coming weeks.

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  1. December 10, 2011

    Although a fun city to visit, one does not need to travel to Nashville to see bluegrass, in fact many fine rising bluegrass musicians have chosen to move to the greater Boston area. Case in point, Della Mae – Celia Woodsmith – Vermont (vocals, guitar), Kimber Ludiker – Washington (fiddle, vocals), Courtney Hartman (guitar, vocals) and Amanda Kowalski (bass), Jenni Lyn Gardner – North Carolina

    The band is currently touring Germany with the Deadly Gentlemen (again, members having moved to the Bay State).

    Come to see Jenni Lyn Gardner and Friends at the historic Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain on Saturday, January 14. More information at

    • Steve Ide permalink*
      December 10, 2011

      Of course Nashville isn’t the only place to hear great bluegrass! It can be heard all over the country! I enjoyed Della Mae’s performances last year at the Joe Val Festival in Framingham, Mass., and I wrote about them at that time. They are among my new favorites!

      You will continue to see frequent mentions of Nashville in my write-ups because I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to travel there the past several years, and I have material to share.

      Thanks for mentioning the Della Mae information, and feel free to comment here. People should definitely check them out. I have many videos of them, from performances in the Northeast and in Nashville, on my Youtube channel. I invite people to see them there. Visit and search for Della Mae.

      In addition, visit here to see my writeup from when Della Mae was in Nashville. I wish I could have attended their recent BBU show with Laurie Lewis. They are another dynamic band worth checking out wherever you catch them….Steve

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