Monday, 4 April 2016
Bluegrass Monday #4
Four weeks in and we pay homage to the man attributed as creating Bluegrass mandolinist Mr Bill Monroe.
The genre takes his name from his band The Blue Grass Boys who in turn take their name from their home state of Kentucky.
From 1946 to 1948 Monroe led what became known as the classic bluegrass band - fiddler Chubby Wise, bassist Howard Watts, guitarist/vocalist Lester Flatt and banjoist Earl Scruggs.
You may recognize the latter two names who may well feature again later in this series.
You will also be familiar with the second song which was a big hit for a certain Elvis Presley and which has been covered by a myriad of others.
Taken from an excellent compilation Columbia Country Classics - The Golden Age Volume 1
More Bluegrass next Monday
Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys - Molly and Tenbrooks
Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys - Blue Moon of Kentucky