Music: Progressive Bluegrass

I had this vague memory of an absolutely Beautiful piece of instrumental music, and I have looked once or twice on the Internet to see if I could locate it without a sufficient amount of information. I guess we’re not at the point yet where you could “sing” something (no matter how badly) into the computer for a search and it would help you find a melody that was stuck in your head.

But in one of those amazing moments of coincidence, I landed on the video that contained the piece of music I was looking for. It’s something that might best be described as progressive bluegrass, being performed by a set of musicians who are incredible both individually and collectively. Below is a link to the performance. It features Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor, and Jerry Douglas.

Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor & Edgar Myer Live on the Lonesome Pine Special…note that there is some noisy audio in parts of this…

Thanks to Colin T McGrane2 years ago (edited) for the rundown:

Strength In Numbers (The Telluride Sessions Live)

{static in audio stops for a while, then starts again, then stops.Mostly good audio}

(i) Future Man 0:00 (ii) Texas Red 5:41 [Sam Bush speaks] 10:30 (iii) Pink Flamingos 11:19 (iv) Duke and Cookie 15:20 [The sexiest bass solo I’ve ever seen] 17:30 (v) One Winter’s Night 19:10 {static really bad until 21:04} [Bela Fleck speaks] 23:23 (vi) The Locks of Dread 24:20 (vii) [Bela and Edgar get down] 30:34 (vii) No Apologies 38:22 (viii) Slopes 43:03

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Ralph Beliveau Media Arts Area Head Associate Professor, Creative Media Production @ralphbeliveau Dr. Beliveau is on faculty for the Gaylord College and affiliate faculty in both Film and Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. He co-authored Digital Literacy: A Primer on Media, Identity, and the Evolution of Technology (2016) and co-edited the forthcoming collection International Horror Film Directors: Global Fear (December 2016). He writes and teaches about media education and literacy, race, horror media, documentary, rhetorical criticism, video production, film, popular culture, music & cultural studies, and documentary theory production & history. He has written about network society, documentary rhetoric, horror media, The Wire, African American biographical documentaries, Alex Cox, Supernatural, Richard Matheson, Night Gallery, Italian film, and Paolo Freire and media literacy. He previously taught Radio/TV/Film at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and broadcast journalism, popular culture, and rhetoric while doing graduate work at the University of Iowa. Beliveau ran an FM radio station and cable television studio in Chicago and worked in Los Angeles in independent film and television production. He served as editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry, chair of the Cultural and Critical Studies division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and chair of the Student Documentary Competition for the Broadcast Education Association. Beliveau is part of the team of faculty who leads the British Media Tour annually and also taught Italian Popular Film and Literature in the Journey to Italy program in Arezzo. Beliveau earned his B.S. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. More can be found at

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