Randall Hylton and Bluegrass

Bluegrass music is considered American roots music and a sub genre of country. Originated in 1940s, it involves typical instruments such as banjos, fiddle, and mandolin.

On January 1984 and also in 1985, he was considered and awarded a bluegrass songwriter of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.

At one point, after making a successful career in the industry. Randall decided to write his very own book on ‘How to write and sell Bluegrass songs’ based personally on his very own experience in the field. It details the process of how he get the ideas for the songs all the way to the steps which he tool to implement and turn it into reality.

On writing songs, Randall Hylton consider it to be a crafts rather than a gift in one’s ability to write well. He was one of the very few people to take a random subject of choice, people, places and situations and turn it into a well crafted song.

In 1973 Randall left Southwest Virginia and moved to Nashville with the intention of writing country songs. Country music, however, was in the process of leaving its roots and becoming more pop oriented, so in 1976 he switched to writing bluegrass. He set up his own publishing company, Greasy Creek Music (named for a creek in Floyd County), and began visiting the major bluegrass festivals and pitching his songs to the top name groups.

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