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Bluegrass stars gather in Nashville for TV special

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Some of the biggest names in bluegrass music shared the same stage Tuesday in Nashville to swap songs and stories. It was all for a program that will air later on cable TV and on DVD, celebrating what Bill Monroe once called that "High Lonesome Sound."

The gathering included some of the greatest musicians who keep the traditional American mountain music alive, including Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglass and Dierks Bentley.

"It's not what you hear on mainstream country music radio stations. It's not what you see on the CMA Awards show, but it's still good music, and it has a place in lots of people's hearts, including mine," said bluegrass musician "Whispering" Bill Anderson.

The singing and stories were all part of the Country's Family Reunion series, and in between takes the old friends could re-tune and reconnect over the music they love.

"A lot of it was birthed out of old mountain music, you know. Mr. Monroe brought joy to music and high velocity, and this band up here is the best of the best," said bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs.

The program, titled Simply Bluegrass, will air later on the RFD cable channel.

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