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In 1945, Bill Monroe brought banjo expert Earl Scruggs into his Blue Grass Boys backing band (which also featured guitarist Lester Flatt) and in essence created the musical genre which would become known as Bluegrass. Through the 25 or so years that followed, Bluegrass was primarily played by old men wearing matching hats and suits who all stuck to a strict definition of what it meant to play the music. Then in...


<p>Austin’s world-famous Sixth Street buzzes, as per usual, on any given night during SXSW. </p> A Booking Wishlist

With such a sprawling event, it can be truly difficult to summarize South By Southwest in a neat and tidy way. The Austin, Texas music festival, conference and weeklong binge of beer, BBQ and bands has become unwieldy for those who, like me, don't want to miss a thing. In years past, I've issued a report card, going through each band, saying what my ears deciphered from the band's sound and then slapping a...


<p>A view of the crowd and the stage at Bright Eyes’ Saturday night concert at Austin’s Auditorium Shores. </p> Hear This, Nebraska

BY ANDREW NORMAN Watching the grass turn from tan to yellow to green through the car's window — and feeling the air warm at stops — during the 14-hour trip to Austin, Texas, is enough reason to attend the SXSW Music Festival every year in March. After a Nebraska winter, the climate change provides a nice reminder that spring really will come. And then there are the bands. Almost 2,000 of them. Our half of The...


<p>Hometown hero Conor Oberst and his Bright Eyes ensemble packed in 20,000 for their performance at SXSW 2011.  </p> Send and Receive

As we do every year, The Reader sent a contingent of music experts (and music lovers) down to Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. More than 2,000 bands participated in 2011, including Nebraska's Bright Eyes, Satchel Grande, Orion Walsh, Midwest Dilemma and Daniel Christiansan. This year, our group included Reader Music Editor Chris Aponick, HearNebraska.org's founder Andrew Norman and...


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