“There’s a similarity between metal and bluegrass. The intensity is a common thread”: Bluegrass guitar playing has stepped up a gear – here are 6 blazing guitarists you need to hear (besides Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle)

Six bluegrass guitarists you need to hear
[L-R] Andy Falco, Sierra Hull, Trey Hensley, Brad Davis, Bryan Sutton, Jake Workman (Image credit: George Tent Grogan; Allen Clark; Jeff Fasano; Mandy Flock; Scott Simontacchi; provided/PR)

From the iconic roots planted by Bill Monroe to innovators like Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle, bluegrass continues to thrive. The traditions expand, but they never stray far from their foundations. 

The genre’s contemporary players are as likely to cite Ralph Stanley as they are Eddie Van Halen among their influences. Selecting only six guitarists to profile was a challenge for Guitar World’s editorial team. Search YouTube to watch these guitarists shine, and each will lead you to more, and more, and more... 

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.