Czech Bluegrass: Notes from the Heart of Europe

Czech Bluegrass: Notes from the Heart of Europe


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Bluegrass has found an unlikely home, and avid following, in the Czech Republic. The music’s emergence in Central Europe places it within an increasingly global network of communities built around bluegrass activities.
Lee Bidgood offers a fascinating study of the Czech bluegrass phenomenon that merges intimate immersion in the music with on-the-ground fieldwork informed by his life as a working musician. Drawing on his own close personal and professional interactions, Bidgood charts how Czech bluegrass put down roots and looks at its performance as a uniquely Czech musical practice. He also reflects on “Americanist” musical projects and the ways Czech musicians use them to construct personal and social identities. Bidgood sees these acts of construction as a response to the Czech Republic’s postsocialist environment but also to US cultural prominence within our global mediascape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252083006
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Series: Folklore Studies in Multicultural World Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lee Bidgood is an associate professor of bluegrass, old-time, and country music studies in the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tony Trischka vii

Introduction xi

1 Place, Meaning, Community, and In-Betweenness 1

2 Czech Bluegrass Histories and Backgrounds 21

3 Making Bluegrass at Home, Abroad, and In Between 52

4 Learning and Playing Americanness on the Fiddle 69

5 Singing Truth, Fidelity, and Play in Czech Bluegrass Gospel 99

A Tag: America/Amerika 119

Notes on Language 125

Notes 131

Glossary of Czech Terms 141

References 143

Recommended Media 153

Index 161

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