Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: January 3, 2009

From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the plains of Wapakoneta, these days the high lonesome sound of bluegrass and other roots-style music can be heard almost anywhere in Ohio. Rich Baker, a bluegrass musician and a host of the weekend Bluegrass Ramble radio show on WOSU-AM in Columbus, says the genre’s deep Ohio roots are currently enjoying a quiet renaissance. “Bluegrass has always had its ups and downs, but it’s stronger than it’s ever been right now,” he says.

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