THE BLUEGRASS 45
- From Kobe, Japan
- A legendary band from Japan that made its American debut in 1971 at Bill Monroe’s Beanblossom Festival.
- Also includes the Watanabe Brothers (Toshio and Saburo), Japan’s first bluegrass festival promoters. They also publish the magazine “Moonshiner,” and started Red Clay Records in Japan. Saburo was elected to the IBMA Board of Directors in 1995.
- The name comes from “Train 45,” “Colt 45,” and the year 1945 when bluegrass music was born.
- Appeared in the movie “Bluegrass—Country Soul,” featuring artists appearing at Carlton Haney’s Camp Springs (NC) festival.