What does bluegrass music have to do with Czechs?
The historical basis behind the genre’s germination in Czech Republic is fascinating: Czechs secretly listened to American radio during World War II and heard this strange new music: American roots bluegrass music—Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, among others. At that time, the music meant other things: it represented things that were great about America: freedom of choice (Czechoslovakia was communist), a return to the land where a man was his own boss (cowboys and cabins), and freedom of movement.
Front Porch/Praha: Bluegrass, Amerika and Life in the Czech Republic. Blog by Lee Bidgood - READ IT
Bluegrass Thrives, Far From Home by Ruth Ellen Gruber - READ IT
Bob Dylan, Obama And A Moment In Prague by Don Gonyea (NPR, Weekend Edition) NPR - LISTEN
Out in the cold world and far away from home: Bluegrass music in the Czech Republic by Rosie Johnston - READ IT
Czech Bluegrass Association - READ IT
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