Back in the late 1990s, Penn Stater Magazine Editor Tina Hay was one of the hosts of the Folk Show on WPSU-FM, Penn State’s public radio station, and Bela Fleck was pushing the boundaries of bluegrass music as the banjo player for the decidedly niche group New Grass Revival.
She played a lot of Fleck's music on the show, but doubted that most people outside the bluegrass world knew who he was.
Fast-forward to the present. This year, Fleck won two Grammy Awards for a world-music recording, "Throw Down Your Heart," a collaboration with musicians from Africa. Fleck has brought some of those musicians to the U.S. to tour with him this winter, and last night he brought the show to Eisenhower Auditorium.
To read more from Tina Hay, check her Penn Stater blog.