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The term bluegrass refers to a form of American music that was born in the mid 1940s as a result of the encounter of rural African-American music (Blues and Jazz) and Scottish, Irish and English traditional music. Bluegrass is characterized by the use of a variety of acoustic stringed instruments such as acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and banjo. There are two subgenres within bluegrass: Traditional and Progressive bluegrass. While the former emphasizes traditional elements, the latter introduced the use of electric instruments and songs from other genres. Druha Trava, Jim & Jesé, Josh Pinkham, Lonesome River Band, Mountain Heart and Nickel Creek are some of the performers who belong to this genre.
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