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Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison


In the twentieth century, hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking economic opportunities relocated from the Appalachian region to southwestern Ohio. They brought mountain and gospel music with them, as well as an openness to new sounds that were emerging in mid-century. Without access to capital, formal instruction, or mainstream media attention, a core of devoted musicians and entrepreneurs built an unrivaled radio, recording, and performance infrastructure for bluegrass music. Between 1947 and 1989, important careers were launched and the distinct artistry of bluegrass made during those ye ... More

Keywords: 20th century, Appalachian, Migration, southwestern Ohio, bluegrass music, radio, bars, records, sacred music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043642
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Bartenstein, editor
University of Dayton

Curtis W. Ellison, editor
Miami University