USPS paying tribute to bluegrass music with new stamp, holding ceremony in Owensboro

February 9, 2024 | 12:06 am

Updated February 9, 2024 | 12:11 am

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The U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the history of bluegrass music in the United States with a new stamp called “Bluegrass Forever.” The stamp dedication ceremony will occur in Owensboro this March.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. It will coincide with the Great American Bluegrass Jam taking place March 15-17 in downtown Owensboro. 

The Honorable Robert M. Duncan, a member of the Postal Service Board of Governors, will lead the stamp dedication ceremony.

“Bluegrass is a singularly American music style,” a release from USPS reads. “Bluegrass blends old-time folk and fiddle music with elements of the blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Born in the mid-20th century, bluegrass defies time, drawing inspiration from the past while also openly embracing innovation.”

The release continues: “The signature sound of bluegrass relies on a mix of acoustic string instruments. The five-string banjo dominates and, along with guitar, mandolin, and bass, sets the rhythmic foundation of this often fast-paced music. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo,  and guitar evoke a range of melodic flavors and emotions in their solos and backup.

The stamp dedication ceremony is open to the public in the lobby of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, located at 311 West 2nd Street.

February 9, 2024 | 12:06 am

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