I heard the term 7 years or so ago. As I interpret it, it means spacy, “concept” music, such as Pink Floyd, performed in a bluegrass style entirely, mostly, or with at least some traditional bluegrass instruments - mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, drums strictly (as much as anything can be among musicians of the genre) prohibited.
MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS: 12/04/2012 14:05
"spacegrass"? i'm have to google that one
I was in a 4 to 5 member bluegrass/newgrass band for several years. We turn spacegrass in our final months, culminating in our playing a drawn-out (from the usual 24 to 30 or so minutes) version of Floyd’s Echos.
Almost any style of music can be adapted into another, so there are many “__grass” styles – punkgrass, cowgrass (bluegrass style cowboy/rockabilly), rapgrass (which I’ve heard rumors of, but never actually heard) – collectively called newgrass.
LOL, yeah, Clutch’s 1995 “spacegrass” is definitely not bluegrass! Not quite a “trance” band, but definitely “stoner rock”. Coincidentally, they’re from a town about a dozen miles from me, and, I just discovered, have a vague connection to my old band in one of them (I can’t recall who) having had the same guitar teacher as one of my old bandmates.
"Spacegrass is actually a term coined by Tony Rice." Could you link me to some samples? I keep getting a song called spacegrass and it definitely ain't something I'd expect Tony Rice to be involved with.
The various “__grass” terms don’t seem to be very good web search terms – using the name of an original band or a song of some genre +” bluegrass” seems the best way to search for them. I quickly found this one: