You can eat cicadas, and does this mean we can start calling them 'land shrimp'? - It's a Southern Thing

<p>First, the grass under our feet.</p><p><strong>Why is it called "blue" grass?</strong></p><p>Most people have heard of Kentucky bluegrass, also written "Kentucky blue grass." Kentucky is, after all, known as the "Bluegrass State." And the grass can be found everywhere there, on the huge, rolling horse farms that dot the state. It is a popular grass for lawns, parks and even field turf all across the Plain states.</p><p>The only thing is, it looks just like any other grass – green.</p><p>I decided to find out, once and for all, why it is known as "blue" grass.</p><p>Turns out, it's because the grass actually can be blue (well, purplish-blue) if it grows long enough for its seed pods to show, according to the<a href="https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_popr.pdf" target="_blank"> U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>. When the grass gets to its natural, unmown height of 1 to 2 feet, it has offshoots filled with seed pods. Even then, the grass does not look overtly blue, unless you get close enough to it to see the pods.</p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"> <img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTg3Mjg2MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2Mzk5MDQ2Mn0.BmI2XBM-AANnnVz3wukcxWNXZhg7Emdn0Sya9ubLJkg/img.jpg?width=980" id="80df7" width="650" height="867" data-rm-shortcode-id="aa4b12d5566ea36df24f96c6afce8cc2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"> <small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="Add Photo Caption...">Kentucky Bluegrass seed pods.</small><small class="image-media media-photo-credit" placeholder="Add Photo Credit..."><a href="Photo:%20https://www.nps.gov/wica/learn/nature/grasses-sedges-and-rushes.htm" target="_blank">National Park Service</a></small></p><p><br></p><p>The USDA says the grass is great for stopping erosion and as a grazing grass for various livestock, such as horses and cows. It is also a favorite of elk and deer. </p><p>Now for the music.</p><p><strong>What is "bluegrass" music?</strong></p><p>So the first question is, what does the music have to do with the grass? Do they both come from Kentucky? </p><p>The answer is, the music got its start with a man from Kentucky and he named his band after his state's nickname.</p><p>The band Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys is credited with developing a new genre of music in the 1940s that became popular in the Appalachian region. </p><p>According to the <a href="https://bluegrassheritage.org/history-of-bluegrass-music/" target="_blank">Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, t</a>he roots of the sound that influenced Bill Monroe began as far back as the 1600s in Ireland, Scotland and England. Many early American settlers from those countries would write simple songs about daily life known as "country" or "mountain" music, the Foundation says.</p><p>But the modern form of the music was created by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, who played banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass. The band "first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 1939 and soon became one of the most popular touring acts to emerge from Nashville's <a href="http://www.wsmonline.com/" target="_blank">WSM studios</a>," the Bluegrass Heritage website says. "Bill's band was different from other traditional country bands because of its hard-driving and powerful sound that used traditional acoustic instruments and featured distinctively high vocal harmonies. The music incorporated songs and rhythms from string band, gospel (black and white), Black laborer work song, country, and blues music repertoires." </p><p>Some purists say that Grand Ole Opry appearance was the birth of bluegrass. Others, however, say the addition of Earl Scruggs turned the music to pure bluegrass.</p><p>"Most believe that the classic bluegrass sound came together in December 1945 when Earl Scruggs joined the band," the article says. </p><p>Scruggs, a North Carolina native who was 21 at the time, had an unusual way to pick his banjo, using only three fingers. He played "with such drive and clarity that it energized and excited audiences," the Foundation says. </p><p>Lester Flatt of Tennessee was also included in that 1945 band lineup. Scruggs and Flatt would later form the Foggy Mountain Boys and add a dobro, which is now considered part of the bluegrass genre.</p>

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