Tim Newby – Bluegrass in Baltimore

The Book Plate, 112 S. Cross St.

11:00am | Saturday, November 2

Partner: The Bookplate

During this talk at The Book Plate, Tim Newby will explore his new book, “Bluegrass in Baltimore – The Hard Driving Sound and its Legacy.” With an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 1950s, Baltimore found itself populated by some extraordinary mountain musicians and was for a brief time the center of the bluegrass world. Life in Baltimore for these musicians was not easy. There were missed opportunities, personal demons and always the up-hill battle with prejudice against their hillbilly origins. Based upon interviews with legendary players from the golden age of Baltimore bluegrass, this book provides the first in-depth coverage of this transplanted-roots music and its broader influence, detailing the struggles Appalachian musicians faced in a big city that viewed the music they made as the "poorest example of poor man's music."