East Meadow Public Library brings back the bluegrass


The bluegrass group Buddy Merriam & Back Roads played a medley of tunes to a sold-out crowd at the East Meadow Public Library last month.

After befriending famed bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, Buddy Merriam founded his own group in 1980, according to the band’s official website The five-member band has toured across the country, and has played in famed venues like the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. They were featured in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Show in Owensboro, Ky. The group received the Long Island Sound Award from the LI Music Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to Long Island’s musical heritage in 2015.