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Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass. He invented the style, invented the name, and for the great majority of the 20th century, embodied the art form. Beginning with his Blue Grass Boys in the '40s, Monroe defined a hard-edged style of country that emphasized instrumental virtuosity, close vocal harmonies, and a fast, driving tempo. The musical genre took its name from the Blue Grass Boys, and Monroe's music forever has defined the sound of classical bluegrass -- a five-piece acoustic string band, playing precisely and rapidly, switching solos and singing in a plaintive, high lonesome voice. Not only did he invent the very sound of the music, Monroe was the mentor for several generations of musicians. Over the years, Monroe's band hosted all of the major bluegrass artists of the '50s and '60s, including Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, Vassar Clements, Carter Stanley, and Mac Wiseman. Though the lineup of the Blue Grass Boys changed over the years, Monroe always remained devoted to bluegrass in its purest form.

Monroe was born into a musical family. His father had been known around their hometown of Rosine, KY, as a step-dancer, while his mother played a variety of instruments and sang. His uncle, Pendelton Vanderver, was a locally renowned fiddler. Both of his older brothers, Harry and Birch, played fiddle, while his brother Charlie and sister Bertha played guitar. Bill himself became involved with music as a child, learning the mandolin at the age of ten. Following the death of his parents while he was a pre-adolescent, Monroe went to live with his Uncle Pen. Soon, he was playing in his uncle's band at local dances, playing guitar instead of mandolin. During this time, Monroe met a local blues guitarist called Arnold Shultz, who became a major influence on the budding musician.

When Monroe turned 18, he moved to East Chicago, IN, where his brothers Birch and Charlie were working at an oil refinery. Monroe also got a job at the Sinclair oil refinery and began playing with his brothers in a country string band at night. Within a few years, they performed on the Barn Dance on WLS Chicago, which led to the brothers' appearance in a square dance revue called the WLS Jamboree in 1932. The Monroes continued to perform at night, but Birch left the band in 1934. Ironically, it was just before the group landed a sponsorship of the Texas Crystals Company, which made laxatives. Charlie and Bill decided to continue performing as the Monroe Brothers.

The Monroe Brothers began playing in other states, including radio shows in Nebraska, Iowa, and both North and South Carolina. Such exposure led to record label interest, but the Monroe Brothers were initially reluctant to sign a recording contract. After some persuasion, they inked a deal with RCA-Victor's Bluebird division and recorded their first session in February of 1936. One of the songs from the sessions, "What Would You Give in Exchange," became a minor hit and the duo recorded another 60 tracks for Bluebird over the next two years.

In the beginning of 1938, Bill and Charlie parted ways, with Charlie forming the Kentucky Pardners. Bill assembled his own band with the intention of creating a new form of country that melded old-time string bands with blues and challenged the instrumental abilities of the musicians. Initially, he moved to Little Rock, where he formed the Kentuckians, but that band was short-lived. He then relocated to Atlanta, where he formed the Blue Grass Boys and began appearing on the Crossroad Rollies radio program. Monroe debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939, singing "New Muleskinner Blues." It was a performance that made Monroe's career as well as established the new genre of bluegrass.

In the early '40s, Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys spent some time developing their style, often sounding similar to other contemporary string bands. The most notable element of the band's sound was Monroe's high, piercing tenor voice and his driving mandolin. The Blue Grass Boys toured with the Grand Ole Opry's road shows and appeared weekly on the radio. Between 1940 and 1941, he cut a number of songs for RCA-Victor, but a musicians' union strike prevented him from recording for several years. The classic lineup of the Blue Grass Boys fell into place in 1944, when guitarist/vocalist Lester Flatt and banjoist Earl Scruggs joined a lineup that already included Monroe, fiddler Chubby Wise, and bassist Howard Watts. This is the group that supported Monroe when he returned to the studio in 1945, recording a number of songs for Columbia. Early in 1946, he had his first charting hit with "Kentucky Waltz," which climbed to number three; it was followed by the number five hit "Footprints in the Snow."

Throughout 1946, the Blue Grass Boys were one of the most popular acts in country music, scoring hits and touring to large crowds across America. At each town they played, the band would perform underneath a large circus tent they set up themselves; the tent would also host a variety of other attractions, including Monroe's baseball team, which would play local teams before the concert began. During the late '40s, the Blue Grass Boys remained a popular act, landing five additional Top 20 singles. Numerous other acts began imitating Monroe's sound, most notably the Stanley Brothers.

Flatt & Scruggs left the Blue Grass Boys in 1948 to form their own band. Their departure ushered in an era of stagnation for Monroe. After Flatt & Scruggs parted ways from his band, he left Columbia Records in 1949 because they had signed the Stanley Brothers, who he felt were simply imitating his style. The following year, he signed with Decca Records, who tried to persuade Monroe to attempt some mainstream-oriented productions. He went as far as cutting a few songs with an electric guitar, but he soon returned to his pure bluegrass sound. At these sessions, he did meet Jimmy Martin, who became his supporting vocalist in the early '50s.

Throughout the '50s -- indeed, throughout the rest of his career -- Monroe toured relentlessly, performing hundreds of shows a year. In 1951, Monroe opened a country music park at Bean Blossom, IN; over the years, the venue featured performances from a number of bluegrass acts. Monroe suffered a serious car accident in January of 1953, which sidelined his career for several months. The following year, Elvis Presley performed Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" at his one and only Grand Ole Opry appearance, radically reworking the arrangement; Presley apologized for his adaptation, but Monroe would later perform the same arrangement at his concerts.

Monroe released his first album, Knee Deep in Bluegrass, in 1958, the same year he appeared on the country singles chart with "Scotland"; the number 27 single was his first hit in almost a decade. However, by the late '50s his stardom was eclipsed by Flatt & Scruggs. Monroe was not helped by his legendary stubbornness. Numerous musicians passed through his band because of his temperament and his quest for detail, he rarely granted press interviews and would rarely perform on television; he even canceled a concert at Carnegie Hall because he believed the promoter, Alan Lomax, was a communist. In the '60s, Monroe received a great career boost from the folk music revival, which made him popular with a new generation of listeners. Thanks to his new manager, ex-Greenbriar Boys member Ralph Rinzler, Monroe played bluegrass festivals across the U.S., frequently on college campuses. In 1967, he founded his own bluegrass festival, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Festival, at his country music park, which continued to run into the '90s.

In 1970, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame; the following year, the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame. Throughout the '70s, he toured constantly. In 1981, Monroe was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment for the disease successfully. After his recovery, he resumed his busy touring schedule, which he kept into the '90s. In 1991, he had surgery for a double coronary bypass, but he quickly recovered and continued performing and hosting weekly at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1993, the Grammys gave Monroe a Lifetime Achievement Award. After suffering a stroke in early 1996, Monroe died on September 9, 1996, four days short of his 85th birthday. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography


Track List: Blue Grass Stomp

1. Wheel Hoss

2. Wayfaring Stranger

3. Y'All Come

4. White House Blues

6. Roanoke

7. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms

9. I'm Working On A Building

11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

12. Blue Grass Stomp


Track List: Uncle Pen (Live)

1. Blue Grass Breakdown (Live)

2. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live)

3. Footprints In The Snow (Live)

4. Uncle Pen (Live)

5. Can't You Hear Me Callin' (Live)

6. Shady Grove (Live)

7. The Prisoner's Song (Live)

8. Nine Pound Hammer (Live)

9. Shenandoah Breakdown (Live)

10. Mule Skinner Blues (Live)

11. Orange Blossom Special (Live)

12. I Saw The Light (Live) (1972)


Track List: The Early Years

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

2. Footprints In The Snow

3. Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong

4. Blue Grass Stomp (Instr.)

5. Toy Heart

6. Bluegrass Special (Instr.)

7. Kentucky Waltz

8. Rocky Road Blues

9. Travelin' This Lonesome Road

10. When You Are Lonely

11. Wicked Path Of Sin

12. Bluegrass Breakdown

13. Little Community Church

14. Blue Yodel


Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. New Mule Skinner Blues

2. My LIttle Georgia Rose

3. Uncle Pen

4. Raw Hide

5. Kentucky Waltz

6. When The Cactus Is In Bloom

7. Get Down On Your Knees And Pray

8. In The Pines

9. Footprints In The Snow

10. Walking In Jerusalem Just Like John

11. Get Up John

12. On And On

13. I'm Working On A Building

14. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

15. Roanoke

16. Goodbye Old Pal

17. Molly & Tenbrooks

18. I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World

19. I Saw The Light

20. Scotland

21. Panhandle Country

22. Gotta Travel On

23. Big Mon

24. Linda Lou

25. Lonesome Road Blues

Disc 2

1. Time Changes Everything

2. I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky

3. Toy Heart

4. Live And Let Live

5. Old Joe Clark

6. Columbus Stockade Blues

7. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

8. Somebody Touched Me

9. Jimmy Brown The Newsboy

10. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

11. Devil's Dream

12. Highway Of Sorrow

13. Roll On Buddy, Roll On

14. (We're Goin') Just Over In The Gloryland

15. Fire On The Mountain

16. The Long Black Veil

17. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

18. Dusty Miller

19. Midnight On The Storny Deep

20. Sally Goodin'

21. Walls Of Time

22. I Haven't Seen Mary In Years

23. With Body And Soul

24. Walk Softly On My Heart

25. My Last Days On Earth


Track List: The Very Best Of Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

2. Jimmy Brown The Newsboy

3. I Saw The Light

4. Goodbye Old Pal

5. Footprints In The Snow

6. Roll On Buddy Roll On

7. I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky

8. Molly And Tenbrooks

9. When The Cactus Is In Bloom

10. Walls Of Time

11. I'm Working On A Building

12. Scotland

13. Walk Softly On My Heart (Aka Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine)

14. Kentucky Waltz

15. In The Pines

16. Toy Heart

17. New Mule Skinner Blues

18. Roanoke

19. Midnight On The Stormy Deep

20. Uncle Pen

21. Gotta Travel On

22. My Last Days On Earth


Track List: Bill Monroe: Definitive Collection

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

2. Jimmy Brown The Newsboy

3. I Saw The Light

4. Goodbye Old Pal

5. Footprints In The Snow

6. Roll On Buddy Roll On

7. I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky

8. Molly And Tenbrooks

9. When The Cactus Is In Bloom

10. Walls Of Time

11. I'm Working On A Building

12. Scotland

13. Walk Softly On My Heart (a.k.a. Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine)

14. Kentucky Waltz

15. In The Pines

16. Toy Heart

17. New Mule Skinner Blues

18. Roanoke

19. Midnight On The Stormy Deep

20. Uncle Pen

21. Gotta Travel On

22. My Last Day On Earth


Track List: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Bill Monroe

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

2. Footprints In The Snow

3. New Mule Skinner Blues

4. Uncle Pen

5. In The Pines

6. I'm Working On A Building (1954)

7. Gotta Travel On

8. Scotland (Instrumental)

9. Molly & Tenbrooks (1957 Single Version)

10. I'm Sitting On Top Of The World

11. I Saw The Light

12. My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin' (Feat. Ricky Skaggs)


Track List: Bill Monroe: Live From Mountain Stage

1. My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'

2. New Mule Skinner Blues

3. Southern Flavor

4. Beautiful Life

5. My Blue Eyes From Heaven

6. Northern White Clouds

7. Uncle Pen

8. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

9. Sugar Loaf Mountain

10. The Old Home Town

11. I'm Working On A Building

12. Rawhide

13. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms


Track List: Countrypolitan Classics - Bill Monroe

3. Cry Cry Darlin'

4. No Letter In The Mail

5. Mule Skinner Blues

8. When You Are Lonely

11. Bluegrass Breakdown

12. The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band

13. Dog House Blues

15. I Saw The Light

16. Bluegrass Stomp

21. In The Pines

23. Orange Blossom Special

24. Nine Pound Hammer

25. Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong

30. My Rose Of Old Kentucky

32. Will You Be Loving Another Man


Track List: Live Recordings 1956-1969: Off The Record Volume 1

1. Watermelon Hanging On The Vine (Live)

2. Roanoke (Live)

3. Brakeman's Blues (Live)

4. Close By (Live)

5. Kentucky Waltz (Live)

6. Bluegrass Stomp (Live)

7. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Live)

8. I'm Working On A Building (Live)

9. Angels Rock Me To Sleep (Live)

10. Wheel Hoss (Live)

11. Watermelon Hanging On The Vine (Live)

12. Katy Hill (Live)

13. True Life Blues (Live)

14. I Live In The Past (Live)

15. Wayfaring Stranger (Live)

16. Fire On The Mountain (Live)

17. Bluegrass Breakdown (Live)

18. Raw Hide (Live)

19. Y'all Come (Live)

20. Cotton-Eyed Joe (Live)

21. Get Up John (Live)

22. White House Blues (Live)

23. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (Live)

24. Kansas City Railroad Blues (Live)

25. The Walls Of Time (Live)

26. When He Reached Down His Hand For Me (Live)

27. Monroe Family Segment: Paddy On The Turnpike / How Old Are You Pretty Little Miss? / He Will Set Your Fields On Fire / Durang's Hornpipe / I Know My Lord's Gonna Lead Me Out (Medley) (Live)


Track List: Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys - Live At The Opry

1. New Mule Skinner Blues (Live)

2. Introduction (Live)

3. Molly & Tenbrooks (Live)

4. Footprints In The Snow (Live)

5. Sitting Alone In The Moonlight (Live)

6. Precious Memories (Live)

7. Rawhide (Live)

8. My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin' (Live)

9. In The Pines (Live)

10. Love, Please Come Home (Live)

11. Pike County Breakdown (Live)

12. I'm Working On A Building (Live)

13. Theme (Live)


Track List: Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord

1. Cryin' Holy Unto The Lord

2. Harbor Of Love

3. Shine Hallelujah Shine

4. Just Over In The Glory Land

5. Just A Little Talk With Jesus

6. You're Drifting Away

7. He'll Take You In

8. This World Is Not My Home

9. Baptize Me In The Cumberland River

10. Are You Lost In Sin?


Track List: New Mule Skinner Blues (Radio Single)

1. New Mule Skinner Blues


Track List: Blue Grass 1959-1969 - Volume 4

Disc 1

5. Lonesome Wind Blues

11. Little Joe

13. Seven Year Blues

14. Time Changes Everything

16. Big River

18. It's Mighty Dark To Travel

21. I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky

22. Toy Heart

23. Shady Grove

24. Nine Pound Hammer

25. Live And Let Live

26. Danny Boy

27. Cotton Fields

28. Journey's End

Disc 2

7. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

8. How Will I Explain About You

12. This World Is Not My Home

14. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

20. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

25. Big Sandy River

27. Darling Corey

Disc 3

2. Devil's Dream

4. Were You There

6. Shenandoah Breakdown

8. I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning

10. Highway Of Sorrow

12. Roll On, Buddy, Roll On

19. Fire On The Mountain

21. I Live In The Past

23. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

24. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

28. Paddy On The Turnpike

Disc 4

1. Midnight On The Stormy Deep

2. All The Good Times Are Past And Gone

11. Kentucky Mandolin

20. With Body And Soul

22. Walk Softly On My Heart

26. The Lee Weddin' Tune


Track List: The Country Music Hall Of Fame

1. New Mule Skinner Blues

2. Uncle Pen

3. Walking In Jerusalem (Single Version)

4. On And On

5. White House Blues

6. Happy On My Way

7. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

8. Scotland

9. Midnight On The Stormy Deep

10. Kentucky Mandolin

11. Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine

12. The Lee Weddin' Tune

13. Kentucky Waltz (Album Title Version)

14. My Last Days On Earth

15. My Sweet Darlin' (Feat. Ricky Skaggs)

16. Southern Flavor


Track List: Bluegrass 1950-1958

Disc 1

1. Blue Grass Ramble

2. New Muleskinner Blues

3. My Little Georgia Rose

4. Memories Of You

5. I'm On My Way To The Old Home

6. Alabama Waltz

7. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome

8. I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning

9. Boat Of Love

10. The Old Fiddler

11. Uncle Pen

12. When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall

13. Lord Protect My Soul

14. River Of Death

15. Letter From My Darling

16. On The Old Kentucky Shore

17. Raw Hide

18. Poison Love

19. Kentucky Waltz

20. Prisoner's Song

21. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

22. Angels Rock Me To Sleep

23. Brakeman's Blues

24. Travelin' Blues

25. When The Cactus Is In Bloom

Disc 2

1. Sailor's Plea

2. My Carolina Sunshine Girl

3. Ben Dewberry's Final Run

4. Peach Pickin' Time In Georgia

5. Those Gambler's Blues

6. Highway Of Sorrow

7. Rotation Blues

8. Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues

9. Sugar Coated Love

10. You're Drifting Away

11. Cabin Of Love

12. Get Down On Your Knees And Pray

13. Christmas Time's A-Coming

14. The First Whipoorwill

15. In The Pines

16. Footprints In The Snow

17. Walking In Jerusalem

18. Memories Of Mother And Dad

19. The Little Girl And The Dreadful Snake

20. Country Waltz

21. Don't Put It Off Til Tomorrow

22. My Dying Bed

23. A Mighty Pretty Waltz

24. Pike County Breakdown

25. Wishing Waltz

26. I Hope You Have Learned

27. Get Up John

Disc 3

1. Sitting Alone In The Moonlight

2. Plant Some Flowers By My Grave

3. Changing Partners

4. Y'All Come

5. On And On

7. New John Henry Blues

8. White House Blues

9. Happy On My Way

10. I'm Working On A Building

11. A Voice From On High

12. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

13. Close By

14. My Little Georgia Rose

15. Put My Little Shoes Away

16. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

17. Wheel Hoss

18. Cheyenne

19. You'll Find Her Name Written There

20. Roanoke

21. Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus

22. Let The Light Shine Down On Me

23. Used To Be

24. Tall Timber

25. Brown County Breakdown

26. A Fallen Star

27. Four Walls

28. A Good Woman's Love

29. Cry Cry Darlin'

Disc 4

1. Out In The Cold World

2. Roane County Prison

3. Goodbye Old Pal

4. In Despair

5. Molly And Tenbrooks

6. Come Back To Me In My Dreams

7. Sally-Jo

8. Brand New Shoes

9. A Lonesome Road

10. I Saw The Light

11. Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory

12. Lord Lead Me On

13. Precious Jewel

14. I'll Meet You In The Morning

15. Life's Railway To Heaven

16. I've Found A Hiding Place

17. Jesus, Hold My Hand

18. I Am A Pilgrim

19. Wayfaring Stranger

20. A Beautiful Life

21. House Of Gold

22. Panhandle Country

23. Scotland

24. Gotta Travel On

25. No One But My Darlin'

26. Big Mon

27. Monroe's Hornpipe


Track List: Columbia Historic Edition

1. Kentucky Waltz

2. Nobody Loves Me

3. Bluegrass Special

4. Heavy Traffic Ahead

5. Toy Heart

6. Mother's Only Sleeping

7. Blue Yodel No. 4

8. Shining Path

9. I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky

10. Along About Daybreak


Track List: Bluegrass '87

1. The Long Bow

2. Mighty Dark To Travel

3. Music Valley Waltz

4. Jekyll Island

5. The Old Cross Roads

6. The Old Brown County Barn (Feat. Bobby Hicks)

7. Stay Away From Me

8. Bluest Man In Town

9. Angels Rock Me To Sleep

10. Dancin' In Brancin'


Track List: I Saw The Light

1. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

2. Mule Skinner Blues

3. Uncle Pen

4. Orange Blossom Special

5. I Saw The Light

6. Bluegrass Breakdown

7. Shady Grove

8. Prison Song

9. Can't You Hear Me Callin'

10. Footprints In The Snow


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Good ole hillbilly moonshine whiskey drinking music
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Absolutely out of sight. What a singer, WOW!
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Absolutely out of sight...what a singer, great entusiasm!
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Lester flatt is my grandma's cousin
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He is my art teachers cousin.
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My mother wrote music with BillMonroe,R a l p h Stanley And Mac Wiseman This is what I grew up on and John Prine
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Have loved Bill since I was small liking a bowl of chocolate pudding and he asked me "Katie is that your favor Rite"?
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micheledeleh a n t y
Love this song!
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One of a kind!!!!
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Was 12yrs young n was blessed ta jam backstage at the bluegrass festival Lou ky. Belvadere on river. The Father of Bluegrass was as pure as bluegrass will ever be. He never swayed. An Oak..
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Now I know where Uncle Pen comes from. The actual uncle I mean.
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I live like 10 miles away from where he was born
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If you appreciate bluegrass, it would be close to sacrilege not to honor & enjoy Mr Monroe.
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This style of music, must never be forgotten! Bill Monroe took a style of music which had always been in our lives and brought it into the mainstream of America. I cannot begin to count how many people told Uncle Pen never existed. For the last time, Uncle Pen raised Mr Monroe!
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Nobody knows who invented Jazz and you could have a long, pointless argument over who invented Rock n Roll, but there is no question about who invented Bluegrass.
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Oldtime grass is great smoking
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Love this old tune
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He makes the Mandolin sound really great.
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Now THIS is Bluegrass!
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I grew listen and loving bluegrass and I love it
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Bean Blossom Festival great stuff
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My Hubby cut my teeth on Uncle Penn!
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Got your remedy's singm9o OK o OK OK/ break
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jenniferroch e l l e b r a d f o r d
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Hair splitting. There was a similar instrument in africa. The slaves redesigned it a bit and it was called the tenor banjo having only four strings. Its played by strumming, hear those banjos ringing. Played to great effect by Mummers during their parade. The fifth string intended as a drone was added after the hill folk got it. I think the tenor banjo is also called the plectrum banjo...not sure. I hope no one here missed the Scruggs Pegs? It enabled them to change the tuning in mid song when i
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Bill Monroe was not only a true bluegrass legend / creator, he was also from my home state, the beautiful bluegrass state of Kentucky, his music was one of a kind and can never be surpassed by ( anyone, not even Elvis in my opinion. Also in my opinion Elvis and others like him owe bill Monroe for opening the doors for them.
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i grew up on this since i was a child i can remember going to granges and listening to may grandfather and his friends play bluegrass is in my soul and i feel a deep attachment to it because of him i miss him even after all these years but i can recall him plain as day whenever i get the chance to listen to some bluegrass
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Eeeeeeee Haaaaaaaa!!! Dukes of Hazard. Pick'in and ah grin'in. DMB
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this is the best thank you
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real good thank u
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very good thank u
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bill Monroe on the grand old opera is opera at is very best
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The Father of Bluegrass dedicated a song to me on recording after my heart surgery and about a year later I had the blessing of meeting him on his bus when he received the call his daughter had passed we spent about a half hour together alone, he then went on to perform onstage a true gentleman and a father who had complete knowledge that his daughter was with THE FATHER!! God bless you Bill and may you play forever in our hearts and in Heaven Ill meet you again!!
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get over it and just enjoy the music!
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Bluegrass is classical, in ways I think, in that it has both a vocal and instrumental form, and there is a 'right' and 'wrong' way to pay it. Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, then the Stanley Brothers, then Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley...wel l there is where the list begins, and began before the electric guitar and Rock n' Roll. Listen to early Bill Monroe downstrokign the mandolin and then Chuck Berry...that ' s the reason I think Bill Monroe made the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame as well as the
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The instruments of bluegrass came from afar, but the five string banjo played in the Snuffy Smith, Earl Scruggs style is unique. The banjo is from Africa, but not the bluegrass style of playing. A black musician named Arnold Shultz did influence young Bill Monroe, and yes, there are the blues influence in bluegrass music.
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Bill Monroe was a singer/songw r i t e r / b a n d leader/ innovator and did devise America's only genre of music with a clear creator. Of course the contribution of his sidemen and their spin-off bands get credit too, such as the instrumental styling of Earl Scruggs, fiddlers Chubby Wise and too many others to name. Bluegrass is to me, the music of Bill Monroe and the artistry of his close imitators.
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Bill its a great day to be a picker.
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happy birthday bill
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bill monroe use to close his shows by inviting all the ex bluegrass boys on stage for a fast number ever body that was any body there had played for him he is the father of bluegrass music like it or not he was the most respectred of all bluegrassers he is a hero to many pickers today
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Bill Monroe is at the top of the best! They're all the best in my eyes.I'm ever impressed with bluegrass music, the people who play & perform. Many of those who play the instruments sooooo well, can't read a lick of music. They know it all instinctivel y . . . f r o m one instrument to the other. In years of knowing & listening and singing along with bluegrass, I've come to know the words to many of them. When the music starts, the words come to me magically. Guess that's the way it is with those who pe
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Let's be intellectual l y honest- talk to ten different people, and you'll get ten different opinions about the genesis of a particular instrument or style of music. It's reasonable to state that Uncle Bill invented Bluegrass for a couple of reasons: One, nobody had ever recorded it before, if indeed there was some form of it, so we don't know for certain what it might have sounded like. Two, no one had ever CALLED it "Bluegrass", so in that sense, Bill ABSOLUTELY did invent it.
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i just love bluegrass there are so many good artists, i dont know which one is the best, but i like bill monroe, lester flat and earl scruggs,jim and jesse,ralph stanly
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Country of origin notwithstand i n g , it is the way an instrument is played that defines it. For example, When is a violin not a violin? When it is a fiddle. Our voices, also instruments, as opera beautifully demonstrates , are still only instruments. Thank God, we have so many great artists to listen to, all with different gifts and different ways of expression.
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THE BANJO CAME FROM AFRICA, see Bela Flecks documentary, educate yourself
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My first love is the grand opera, but bluegrass is my favorite non classical music. And Bill Monroe of two or three that I like best. I just love his music.
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What else can be said about Bill Monroe. He is and always will be the king of bluegrass and the mandolin. God rest his soul.
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