For details on our spring 2017 program "BLUEGRASS MUSIC HERITAGE OF SOUTHWESTERN OHIO, please see Miami University's Appalachian Studies website:
This website features profiles of Cincinnati/Dayton area* acts and organizations of significance in the history of bluegrass music
- all places named are in Ohio unless otherwise noted
Russell “Mac” McDivitt, principal author.
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Thanks to a confluence of commercial and social factors, the Cincinnati-Dayton region has played a unique and consistent role in fostering bluegrass from its inception in the late 1940s. Communities of Appalachian migrants provided local audiences for bluegrass performers, while radio stations and independent record labels and studios disseminated their sounds throughout the region and around the country. The result has been not only vitally important music, but a rich, distinctive social and cultural history that can shed much light on the origin and development of the music.