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INFO: 304-348-8014, ext. 105 or www.liveontheleveecharleston.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With bluegrass, all roads eventually lead back to Bill Monroe, the father of the genre. It's just that some of those roads seem to wind a little more than others.
Anders Beck, whose band Greensky Bluegrass performs at Live on the Levee Friday, said his road to bluegrass includes the music of Monroe, but it started about as far away as he could imagine.
First of all, he didn't grow up playing bluegrass or the dobro.
"I came up in music from an electric guitar background," he said. "When I first started, I was trying to learn how to flat pick guitar."
He laughed. "And I realized it was really hard. I found out I wasn't very good at that."
Instead, he gravitated toward the resonator guitar.
"Bluegrass has so many 16th notes," Beck explained. "They're just flying right along, but the dobro just spoke to me. It's one of the few acoustic instruments that can sustain notes. It's the electric guitar of acoustic instruments."
And Beck said he didn't come to bluegrass by listening to mainstream bluegrass bands.
He said, "I got into bluegrass the way a lot of the younger generation did, which is by listening to Old and in the Way."