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Richard Parks Answers Your Bluegrass Music and Bluegrass Music-Related Questions

Richard Parks grew up in California, where he was first exposed to bluegrass music as a teenager. He culminated his high-school education with an academic paper and a lecture titled “Bill Monroe at the Center of the Bluegrass Canon.” Proceeding from the observations of Neil Rosenberg in Bluegrass: A History, Robert Cantwell in Bluegrass Breakdown, and Richard Smith in Can’t You Hear Me Callin’, the project attempted to posit a comprehensive theory of bluegrass provenance. Richard Greene and John Hartford also contributed interviews. Parks now resides in Montréal, Québec, where he plays mandolin in a bluegrass group and is a regular contributor to Fred Bartenstein’s “Banks of the Ohio,” a show that airs on WYSO weekly and streams on