song has always been a major part of the music of Appalachia, and
it is an essential part of bluegrass music. Bluegrass music was created
in the late 1940s by Bill Monroe and named after his group, the Blue
Grass Boys. Many of the early bluegrass groups had grown up with church
singing, knowing many old hymns and incorporating them into their
repertoires. To this day many bluegrass groups alternate between recording
secular and religious albums.
There are some bluegrass bands that play exclusively
gospel music; one such group is Still Waters from Hindman, Kentucky.
Together for two years, the group's membership overlaps with the
Bluegrass Gospel Boys (another Hindman group). They consider their
music as part of their ministry and play at churches and community