Bluegrass Alliance released Newgrass in 1970. I believe this was the first use of the word newgrass. Here’s what Dan Crary has to say on the back cover.
If there’s any inside information I can give you about my colleagues in the Blue Grass Alliance it is that everyone of us is a fanatic about Bluegrass music. Most of us have istened to and played this music most of our lives, and we’re not about to change that now or anytime. When we decided to call this album New Grass we didn’t mean to suggest that we had left off playing what is, to us, the greatest music in the world. What we have tried to do is record some songs, most of which you may not have heard played by a Bluegrass band. After all, we figured, even Muleskinner Blues wasn’t a Bluegrass song until Bill Monroe made it one, and with some of the selections heard here we have tried to do the same thing. Because we believe that Bluegrass trio singing backed by the unique combination of banjo, fiddle, mandolin,guitar, and bass can make beautiful music out of a very wide range of material. We hope you enjoy this album … it’s “New Grass” in that some of the songs are new to our style of playing, but it’s Bluegrass, too. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Tulips at the market (by artchang)