Bluegrass Boys

Dr. Ralph Stanley has always maintained that his music was “just mountain music.”  A few weeks ago, I posted a video of me playing Wildwood Flower on Facebook;  it has followed me through my childhood and is a joy to play.  But what was most interesting was when one of my friends from outside the United States asked if “this is Country Music?”  It stopped me cold.  Then, I linked her up with a bunch of artists showing the difference between what I was playing, and what the Nashville hierarchy determines country music to be. READ MORE »

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Bill Monroe and the Mandolin

January 14, 2011 bill monroe

Bill Monroe is the King of Bluegrass, and the premier Bluegrass mandolinist. No evidence exists to support claims that Monroe ever played fiddle. His use of a Gibson Lloyd Loar starting in 1943 helped him popularize and develop Bluegrass music.

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The History of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

August 26, 2010 bill monroe

1938 was a year that closed a monumental chapter and opened a new one in the bluegrass scene. It was this year that the highly successful Monroe Bothers, composed of guitarist Charlie and mandolin-playing Bill Monroe, had broken up. It was also this year that Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys was born. Grand Ole […]

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