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.
1. Cut your hair every now and then. Fresh starts are always nicer than you think. Who needs split ends anyways.
2. Pick a song you really like. Listen to that song a lot. And I mean a lot. Dance around your room naked to that song, beat the song lifeless till it annoys the hell out of you. Then pick a new song and go through the same process. We all need to really hear music, we need to understand what the song we are listening to is really about.
3. Paint your toes black, make it as perfect as possible. Then, scratch it off. Remember nothing is permanent.
4. Go on a run with your dog. Try to race him and beat him. Realize you can out run many things. Then go back and pet your dog, realize that some things you need to go back for.
5. Decorate a plain backpack. Glue on sparkles, glitter, diamonds, newspaper and magazine clippings, lace & ribbon, anything else that may fancy you. Remember, you don’t have to be the same person you were a minute ago.
6. Buy some pretty lights and string them up in your room. Turn off all the lights except for one when you go to bed. Remember it isn’t always dark and lonely. Change your perspective.
7. Lay outside one night. Breathe in breathe out. Accept that you are only one person and cannot do everything at one time. You can take your time. The creator of the stars you’re looking up at did not do it all in one day. Pace yourself.
8. Get up every morning and stand in front of the mirror. Naked, fully clothed, backwards, upside down, who cares how, just do it. Observe yourself. Notice the wrinkles under your eyes from laughing a lot. Count your freckles. Admire your ass. Then name 3 things you love about yourself. You need to love yourself.