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Exclusive: ArtistWorks Bluegrass All Stars Live at RockyGrass

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Good News: We have some exclusive new videos for anyone in our bluegrass schools. It's the ArtistWorks Bluegrass All Stars performing live at RockyGrass 2016!

The two songs are played back to back: "The Puppy Belly Dance" and "Fox Chase". We also uploaded their performance of "State Line".  There's a fun impromptu dueling guitar portion between Michael Daves and Bryan Sutton in that one, very entertaining! After that Mike Block leads the gang in "Johnny B. Goode".  Next we have their performance of "Chief Sitting in the Rain". For anyone who plays mandolin, Mike Marshall teaches a great version of this in his school. 

We added "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome", a classic bluegrass tune that Bill Monroe wrote with Hank Williams a long time ago. Michael Daves teaches how to sing both the lead and tenor vocal parts in multiple keys in his intermediate curriculum for those interested in adding this to your jam list. 

Next we added another classic: "Way Downtown" by Doc Watson*. It's sung here by Bryan Sutton and Michael Daves in this lively performance. For the fiddlers out there, Darol Anger teaches this tune in his Beginner and Intermediate curriculum. For Mandolin pickers, Mike Marshall teaches this in his Beginner curriculum.

Then Darol Anger kicks off a great fiddle tune titled "Cherokee Shuttle". There's some fantastic soloing by Darol, Mike, Tony, Bryan and Andy in this installment and another all around team effort from the All Stars as they rock another tune with only minutes of prep time before taking it live to a full house. Next we added the classic "John Hardy" - don't miss it!

Update: Thought the show was over? Not yet! After the crowd erupted in cheers and a standing ovation, the begging for one more tune convinced the Bluegrass All Stars return to the stage for this awesome encore performance of "Deep Ellum Blues" lead by Andy Hall on vocals (who also teaches this tune in his Intermediate Dobro lessons). 

You can find all this great exclusive content +Music section of the Learn area!

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Proudly Featuring:

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  • Mike Block - cello / vocals
  • Darol Anger - fiddle / vocals
  • Mike Marshall - mandolin / vocals
  • Tony Trischka - banjo / vocals

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  • Bryan Sutton - guitar / vocals
  • Andy Hall - Dobro / vocals

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  • Missy Raines - double bass / vocals
  • Michael Daves - guitar / vocals

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Believe it or not, this was the first time in history this lineup has ever been seen. Thankfully we had the ArtistWorks team on the scene to film the whole thing. Each teacher brought a song to the setlist andhad very minimal time to practice together. As you can see in the footage, they each put on on amazing performance that really showcases their incredible talents. It was an honor to be there and capture it in all its glory! 

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