The Bluegrass Blog is proud to announce the March 22 release of The Speed Of Bluegrass. This is to become the Blog’s official theme song, written by Jim VanCleve and recorded by a sextet of Nashville super-pickers, The Speed Of Bluegrass is a fiery demonstration of what contemporary bluegrass is all about.
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Grammy-nominated fiddler, producer and writer Jim Van Cleve has come up with a winner in The Speed Of Bluegrass. With a driving beat, a cool modal melody, and a number of quirky stops and starts, this modern bluegrass instrumental will grab you from the first beat. It’s an instrumental in three parts, with a whimsical nod to some of the classic licks that helped define the genre in the 1950s. Jim has assembled a group of peers that any producer would die for. Ron Block, long time member of Alison Krauss & Union Station is on banjo. Fellow Grammy-winner Randy Kohrs is on resonator guitar. Jim’s Mountain Heart bandmates Jason Moore, Aaron Ramsey and Jake Stargel round out the ensemble on bass, mandolin and guitar.
The Speed Of Bluegrass will be released as a digital single on March 22, offered through iTunes, Amazon and other popular online music resellers.
It is available now to radio through AirPlay Direct. Programmers can choose either the full-length track (5:00), or a radio edit that comes in at 3:47. Both versions of the song will also be included in the April edition of New Cuts Of Bluegrass. Hard copy CDs can be delivered upon request.