This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Participants will listen to recorded and live performances of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country music, by representative artists in each genre, including Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan.
From the earliest recordings to the present, participants will discover the influences each musical genre has had on each other. Mandolins, dobros, steel guitars, banjos and other instruments that help define each genre’s sound will be available for examination and performance.
This course will also examine the state of contemporary folk, blues, bluegrass, and country music - where it is now and where it might be headed.
Please Note: No class November 20.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Tim Thomas has been a guitar player for 50 years. He has 27 years of experience working for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and has seen most of the bluegrass icons, including Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe, as well as contemporary giants like Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and Bela Fleck.