We applaude the vast and mostly overlooked musical contribution that early black slaves, and Black Americans made to oldtime music, bluegrass and american music in general.
The roots of many oldtime tunes were born in the black communities during the late 19th through the early 21st centuries. Countless tunes were created by Blacks, learned by White, popularized by Whites, and never given credit to their Black creators. Tommy Jarrell spoke avidlly about he and his dad learning from “an old colored fellow”, but never mentioned a name.
Today, a few names can be found of players from a few good bands, but the few names barely reflect the multitude of players. Our goal is to raise our awareness and share it with you.