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Bluegrass is a style of American roots music

and a subset of country music. 

Bluegrass’ genesis

emerged from the  Scottish settlers

who arrived in Appalachia throughout the 1600s.

They brought their language, religion, culture and their music — narrative ballads and dance accompanied by a fiddle.

Many of the traditional Appalachian bluegrass ballads

come from these rudimentary roots as well as American gospel music

and blues, and  people  who brought with them the design idea for the banjo. 

All of these influences were integral to the evolution of the bluegrass sound. 

Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe characterized the genre as:

 "Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'.

It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz,

and it has a high lonesome sound.”

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