Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy

Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys: A Profile on the Classic Bluegrass Band
Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys – A Profile on the Classic Bluegrass Band

Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys was the quintessential example of a bluegrass band. With the entry of Earl Scruggs in the end of 1945, Monroe’s already sensational group became a powerhouse that everyone clamored to watch.

The “Original” Cast Members

Besides founder Bill Monroe and banjo sensation Earl Scruggs, there were also Lester Flatt, a guitar prodigy, Chubby Wise on fiddle, and Howard Watts, aka Cedric Rainwater, who played bass.Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys: A Profile on the Classic Bluegrass Band

Authentic Bluegrass Music

Together, the five members of the Bluegrass Boys established the benchmark for bluegrass music, which included fast and hard-hitting tempos, highly sophisticated and complex vocal harmonies, and let’s not forget the astounding virtuosity that bluegrass artists are expected to display when playing instruments such as the fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. It was also around this time that Monroe had become the proud owner of the “Lloyd Loar”, a 1923 Gibson F5 mandolin that would be most associated with his career in bluegrass. READ MORE »

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