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Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

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Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy
Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy


During the middle decades of the 20th century, the factories of southwestern Ohio drew hundreds of thousands of migrants from Appalachia, including innumerable musicians. Industrial Strength Bluegrass celebrates the music that these migrants made and loved, and explores a pivotal moment in the history of bluegrass and country music at large.

Produced by beloved performer and radio personality Joe Mullins, the collection features many modern legends like Lee Ann Womack, Mo Pitney, and Vince Gill, plus a stellar lineup of bluegrass stalwarts including Rhonda Vincent, Bobby Osborne, and Mullins himself, taking on tunes that have echoed across Ohio for decades. This group of some of the biggest names in bluegrass today pays tribute to the jubilant highs and lonesome lows of life amongst the factories and warehouses, reflecting the region's rich culture and resilient people.


  1. Name
  2. Readin', Rightin', Route 23
  3. 20/20 Vision
  4. Suzanne
  5. From Life's Other Side
  6. Larry Sparks Medley: Dark Hollow / A Face in the Crowd / These Old Blues
  7. When He Blessed My Soul
  8. The Rolling Mills of Middletown
  9. Family Reunion
  10. Mountain Strings
  11. Stone Walls and Steel Bars
  12. Are You Missing Me
  13. Once More
  14. Barefoot Nellie
  15. Garden Tomb
  16. Baby Blue Eyes
  17. We'll Head Back to Harlan
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