Music: 06 Bluegrass, Beehives and Beautiful Ignorance

Adventures in Music

The Osbourne Brothers

Back in the sixties, there was an explosion of bluegrass festivals- gatherings of fans and musicians in an open air venue to relax and enjoy music together. They were informal affairs. People would bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs and sit in the sunshine enjoying The Dillards, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs or Roy Acuff. The performers even encouraged fans to bring along reel to reel tape recorders, and you can find hundreds of these incredible live recordings circulating in the mp3 trading newsgroups.

This clip comes from another “must have” DVD that vividly captures that exciting scene… Bluegrass Country Soul.

The Osbourne Brothers: “Rocky Top”, “Ruby”

When I watch this clip, I’m transported to another time and another place. Those beehive hairdos would be hilarious in any other context, but here they seem right at home. A lot of hipsters look down their nose and make fun of “hicks” and “trailer trash”, but I see great beauty in this stuff.

My friend John K once described this old time country music to me as “beautiful ignorance: the high lonesome sound of an injured animal all alone in the woods, not knowing why he hurts or whether it will ever stop.” My God! My heart stopped when he said that. Beautiful ignorance! What a wonderful way of putting it.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit entitled Adventures in Music.

2 Responses to “Music: 06 Bluegrass, Beehives and Beautiful Ignorance”

  1. skip h says:

    i’d never call sonny osborne ignorant. just sayin’.

    • Didn’t call him ignorant. The mood of the music is ignorant. It knows nothing of traffic jams, politics or asteroids that might strike the Earth at any moment. All it knows is how it feels to be alive. That’s “beautiful ignorance”.

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