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Progressive bluegrass, also known as newgrass (a term attributed to New Grass Revival member Ebo Walker), is one of two major subgenres of bluegrass music. Progressive bluegrass came to widespread attention in the late 1960s and 1970s, as some groups began using electric instruments and importing songs from other genres (particularly rock & roll), and important groups from that period include the New Grass Revival, J. D. Crowe and the New South, the Dillards, Boone Creek, Country Gazette, and the Seldom Scene. However, progressive bluegrass can be traced back to one of the earliest bluegrass bands. A brief listen to the banjo and bass duets Earl Scruggs played even in the earliest days of the Foggy Mountain Boys give a hint of wild chord progressions to come. The four key distinguishing elements (not always all present) of progressive bluegrass are instrumentation (frequently including electric instruments, drums, piano, and more), songs imported (or styles imitated) from other genres, non-traditional chord progressions, and lengthy "jam band"-style improvisation.

Currently performing progressive bluegrass bands and musicians include the Czech band Druhá Tráva, bassist Missy Raines, and Alison Krauss and her band Union Station. Others who have been known to occasionally play progressive bluegrass include Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and Nickel Creek.

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