VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Bluegrass Number One Hits,” Rounder. 12 tracks.

If you’re looking for a sampler to decide if you or someone on your Christmas list really likes bluegrass music, here’s a good one.

You get a pair of hard-charging songs — “Sweet Carrie” and “Head Hung Down” — by Dailey & Vincent, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s entertainers of the year for the past three years.

The Grascals — entertainers of the year in 2006 and 2007 — contribute “Long List of Heartaches” and “Me And John And Paul,” the 2005 song of the year.

Blue Highway adds “Through The Window Of A Train,” the 2008 song of the year.

Hall of Famer J.D. Crowe and his New South are featured on “Lefty’s Old Guitar.”

Rhonda Vincent, seven-time female vocalist of the year, performs “Kentucky Borderline,” the 2004 song of the year.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the seven-time vocal group of the year, are featured on “Sadie’s Got Her New Dress On.”

Dan Tyminski, the 2009 male vocalist of the year and a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, sings lead on “Rain Please Go Away” and “Wheels.”

Claire Lynch, the 2010 female vocalist of the year, is featured on “Train Long Gone.”

And Charlie Sizemore pays a comical tribute to Krauss and Union Station with his “Alison’s Band.”

When it comes to bluegrass samplers, you won’t find one much better than this.

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