The surest way to tell if a musical genre is becoming more popular is to watch artists from other genres beginning to move in.
Marty Raybon, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard and Tommy Shaw, guitarist for Styx, among others, have all made bluegrass albums in recent years.
Now, Janie Fricke is trying her hand at bluegrass.
In her heyday, Fricke racked up 18 No. 1 country singles. Now, she’s remaking a dozen of those country hits with a bluegrass beat.