Archive photo of James Pendleton Vandiver

“Uncle Pen” Lyrics and Chords

Bill Monroe is the Father of Bluegrass but even he had his influences, and perhaps none greater than James Pendleton Vandiver—his “Uncle Pen”.

Small town in Virginia

“Rank Stranger” Lyrics and Chords

Artists have been performing and recording “Rank Stranger” for more than 60 years, but the Stanley Brothers’ 1960 recording for Starday Records remains the definitive version.

Train passing under the New River Bridge

“New River Train” Lyrics and Chords

“New River Train” is believed to take its name from a train on the Norfolk and Western system that ran through the Blue Ridge Mountains from West Virginia to North Carolina in the 1880s.

George Clooney sings Man of Constant Sorrow

“Man of Constant Sorrow” Lyrics and Chords

“Man of Constant Sorrow” had been around for about a century before George Clooney stepped up to the microphone as lead singer for the Soggy Bottom Boys in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Whites perform in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

“Keep on the Sunny Side” Lyrics and Chords

“Keep On The Sunny Side,” popularized first by the Carter Family and later by O Brother, Where Art Thou?, was inspired by the songwriter’s disabled nephew who wanted to be pushed down the sunny side of the street.

Clarence White and Roger McGuinn perform as The Byrds in 19972

“I Am a Pilgrim” Lyrics and Chords

“I Am a Pilgrim” goes back at least as far as the American Civil War, where it was popular in the south with weary travelers who looked forward to what awaited them in the afterlife.

Hot Rize on stage

“Blue Night” Lyrics and Chords

“Blue Night” is a fun one for jammers, because it departs from the typical bluegrass chord progressions we’ve heard a million times without demanding any fancy chords.