Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Bluegrass was born in Kentucky, but it's certainly got a home in Illinois.
One place bluegrass players could always put up their feet and slide on their fingerpicks was the central Illinois town of
Hillsboro, where hundreds of musicians flocked to each fall for a foot-stomping good time.
For years, the Western Illinois Bluegrass Music Association brought together musicians for the Bluegrass Jam in Hillsboro.
Though the event officially lasted just one weekend, enthusiasts knew to arrive early for the jam sessions that sometimes
got underway two weeks before the festival.
Though the festival has been on hiatus since 2003, organizers are busy trying to find a venue where the jam can flourish once
Check out PBS's
River of Song and take a musical journey along the Mississippi.
Listen to the Boys who started it all as
Blue Grass Boys Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs play together with guitarist Doc Watson. Follow the links to learn more about bluegrass at PBS's "Great Performances."
Visit the website of Illinois' own bluegrass star,
Alison Krauss who has won 20 Grammy Awards and hails from Champaign, Illinois.