Did Bill Monroe Write Uncle Pen?

Did Bill Monroe Write “Uncle Pen?”

If  you drop the names of Bluegrass players and singers in a group of typical Bluegrass fans, it is going to set off an immediate debate over when, what festival, and which band line up cut a particular track or performed a piece live.  The reality is Bluegrass bands shift over time, and have since Bill Monroe brought his music to public notice in the 1930s.

One of the great Bluegrass debates covers Bill Monroe’s song, “Uncle Pen.”  People claim that Monroe did not write the song, or its music.  And, depending on who is telling the story, any number of guitarists and fiddle players claim to have written the song. READ MORE »


The River City Bluegrass Festival

January 7, 2011 beanblossom

For Pacific Northwesterners, this weekend is great way to get out of the rain and get into some of the best bluegrass around.  From Friday, January 7, through Sunday, January 9, 2011, the River City Music Festival will be jamming Portland, Oregon. The line up, while not as luminous as Telluride, or Bean Blossom, is […]

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