Definitions

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  • n. A progressive subgenre of bluegrass music, typically incorporating electric instruments, non-traditional chord progressions, and lengthy improvisation.

Etymologies

Blend of new and bluegrass; term arose in the 1970s (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One modernizing element - which they share with decades of what's sometimes called "newgrass" - is a flexibility of rhythm.

    NYT > Home Page

  • This is one of the variations of traditional bluegrass that categorizes a band as progressive bluegrass, or "newgrass" -- sometimes even called "jamgrass," epitomized by the popular String Cheese Incident.

    Meghan Neal: Infamous Stringdusters Delight Brooklyn Bowlers And Bluegrass Loyalists Alike

  • This isn't a mashup, and I'm not even sure if you have any patience for "newgrass," but Nickel Creek does a pretty entertaining cover of "Toxic."

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  • There have been some traditionalists dubious about the "newgrass" generation's extension of the bluegrass genre into jazz-like territory since the movement's rise 25 to 30 years ago, but for Mr. Douglas -- who by age 20, along with Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice, was studying the acoustic jazz of Django Reinhart and Stefan Grappelli -- that direction was practically inevitable.

    Jerry Douglas, Irreplaceable Instrumentalist

  • Bluegrass, "newgrass" and more share the stage at a lively four-day festival that begins Thursday.

    The Seattle Times

  • We play bluegrass, rockabilly, classic country, folk and what I guess would be called 'newgrass' or 'jamgrass.'

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • "That branched us out nicely from folk-rock into 'newgrass' bluegrass," Allen said.

    GoTriad Archives

  • Winner of the acclaimed Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest, Bearfoot showcases bluegrass licks that appeal to traditionalists as well as "newgrass" audiences with pop influences.

    Blog Asheville

  • With the help of veteran bluegrass musicians, the album's experimental approach challenged the parameters of acoustic music, and helped usher in the "newgrass" philosophy.

    Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News

  • And though Bush is known best as a founder of the progressive wing of string music dubbed "newgrass," his interests are broad enough to include reggae and country.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

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