Bill Monroe

Music of Bill Monroe From 1936-1994

Music of Bill Monroe From 1936-1994

  • Bill Monroe’s Music from 1936-1994
  • Includes 98 Songs
  • Includes Some Songs Never Before Released
  • Includes Some Songs Never Before Released in the US
  • Built-In Booklet With Lots of Photos and Commentary

4-CD set with built-in booklet. Includes 98 songs by Bill Monroe, some of which have never before been released, or have never before been released in the United States.It’s the rare artist who virtually invents a genre single-handedly, and there’s no artist in any genre whose work has remained as dominant a force as Bill Monroe. The songs here not only define bluegrass, they remain the core of any bluegrass band’s repertoire. Monroe added a dose of sophistication to traditional hillbilly music–intricate group harmonies, expert musicianship–and he rehearsed his Blue Grass Boys for hours on end. MCA’s lavish 4 CD set covers 60 years and 98 songs, adding detailed notes and anecdotes. Beginning with 1936 duets with brother Charlie, the list of Blue Grass Boys reads like a roster of legends: Flatt and Scruggs, Chubby Wise, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements, Sonny Osborne, Bobby Hicks, Kenny Baker, Bill Keith, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, and Richard Greene; the list goes on and on, as does the legacy of Monroe’s music. –Marc Greilsamer

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Shootout on Scott: The Gunfight That Haunted “Little Robert” Van Winkle

Shootout on Scott: The Gunfight That Haunted “Little Robert” Van Winkle
A regular performer on Cas Walker's WROL show, he also played a lot of road gigs, sharing a stage with legends such as Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, and Hank Williams. But he ran into some bad luck, too, culminating in a tragic event that unfolded …
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Members Of Greensky Bluegrass Aid Todd-Less Railroad Earth In Aspen
Anders and Paul then returned to aid on debut covers of Bruce Springsteen's “Atlantic City,” Bill Monroe's “Whitehouse Blues,” the traditional “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as well as Bob Marley's “Could You Be Loved.” Hoffman and Beck returned for the …
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Six Columbia athletes, including MU recruit Tre Williams, sign to play Division-I

Six Columbia athletes, including MU recruit Tre Williams, sign to play Division-I
Rock Bridge's Tre Williams, left, and Hayden Johnson hug after signing National Letters of Intent to play football in college. Williams, a defensive lineman, signed to play at Missouri. Johnson, a fullback and defensive end, committed to play at Arkansas.
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Monroe Crossing To Kick Off New Year For KASU Bluegrass Monday
Named in honor of the creator of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, the band Monroe Crossing plays traditional bluegrass music, gospel songs, original melodies and their own unique treatments of songs that weren't originally bluegrass tunes. The band …
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Father of Bluegrass Music

Father of Bluegrass Music

  • Factory sealed DVD

No single figure in American music so dominated a genre as did Bill Monroe with bluegrass. Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music features performances by Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Lester Flatt, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, the Osborne Brothe

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Live 1964

Live 1964

(2014/Rockbeat) 29 tracks.

Medium 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Oh What Does the Deep Sea Say
  3. Midnight On the Stormy Deep
  4. East Tennesse Blues
  5. Rabbit In a Log
  6. What Would You Give (In Exchange For Your Soul)
  7. That’s Where I Rest My Weary Bones
  8. Watson Blues
  9. Muleskinner Blues
  10. Can’t You Hear Me Calling
  11. True Life Blues
  12. Rocky Road Blues
  13. The Panhandle Country
  14. Panhandle Country
  15. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  16. Gotta Travel On
  17. There is an Old Old House
  18. Little Georgia Rose
  19. I’m One of God’s Sheep
  20. Y’All Come
  21. Rawhide
  22. On & On
  23. Big Sandy River
  24. Use To Be
  25. Live and Let Live
  26. I’m Walking the Dog
  27. Uncle Penn
  28. Kentucky Waltz
  29. Footprints In the Snow

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Letter: Sredzinski has already proven he's a leader

Letter: Sredzinski has already proven he's a leader
If you need examples of his leadership, you need look no further then 2011, when J.P. authored and then worked to ensure passage of the Right to Farm Bill. One of the things I love about Monroe, and the reason why I moved here and raised my family here …
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Sounds from the mountain
Viewers can anticipate hearing classics such as “My Florida Sunshine,” by Grand Ole Opry veteran Bill Monroe, and “There Is A Time,” by the Dillards. The Mountain Music Concert featuring the WVU Bluegrass Band will take place at 8 p.m. tonight in the …
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ULM United Way kickoff scheduled for Tuesday
The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host its annual United Way Campus Campaign Kickoff event from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday in The Quad, located behind the Student Center. Guest speakers include representatives from the United Way, recipients of …
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Holder Resigning: Attorney General Backed Rights

Holder Resigning: Attorney General Backed Rights
Only three other attorneys general in U.S. history have served longer than the 63-year-old Holder: William Wirt in the administrations of James Monroe and John Quincy Adams, Janet Reno in the Bill Clinton administration and Homer Cummings for Franklin …
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Image of Dontavious Jackson via 247 Sports
Eric Monroe: Coach Kish also stopped by Northshore (Houston, TX), a school always loaded with talent, and extended an offer to 2016 DB Eric Monroe. The talented safety prospect already holds a number of offers (LSU, TAMU, Texas, etc.). We're not sure …
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Only Bill Monroe & Doc Watson Concert Video on YouTube – 1990 – Complete Set

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival , Salem County Fairgrounds, NJ. 1. Long Journey Home 2. Watson Blues 3. Midnight On The Stormy Deep 4. Have A Feast Tonigh…


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Video Rating: 5 / 5

Can’t You Hear Me Callin’: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass

Can’t You Hear Me Callin’: The Life of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass

Considering the range of stars that have claimed Bill Monroe as an influence—Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Garcia are just a few—it can be said that no single artist has had as broad an impact on American popular music as he did. For sixty years, Monroe was a star at the Grand Ole Opry, and when he died in 1996, he was universally hailed as “the Father of Bluegrass.” But the personal life of this taciturn figure remained largely unknown. Delving into everything from Monroe’s professional successes to his bitter rivalries, from his isolated childhood to his reckless womanizing, veteran bluegrass journalist Richard D. Smith has created a three-dimensional portrait of this brilliant, complex, and contradictory man. Featuring over 120 interviews, this scrupulously researched work—a Chicago Tribune Choice Selection, New York Times Notable Book, and Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2000—stands as the authoritative biography of a true giant of American music.

The legendary mandolinist and bandleader Bill Monroe wove his personal vision through more than 60 tireless years of recording and performing, inventing almost single-handedly the music that is now known–in a nod to his first band, the Blue Grass Boys–as bluegrass. In his thoughtful biography Can’t You Hear Me Callin’, Richard D. Smith argues that “no single artist has had as broad an impact on American music.” As evidence, he highlights dozens of country and rock & roll musicians, both white and black, who were inspired by Monroe’s powerful mandolin playing on the Grand Ole Opry’s weekly broadcasts. (Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline,” for example, is an almost note-for-note copy of Monroe’s instrumental “Ida Red.”) Until now, however, Monroe’s hesitation to reveal personal details has kept his personality as mysterious as one of the foggy mountaintops he sang about in his signature high lonesome tenor.

Bluegrass audiences required a rural, Southern authenticity from the “Father of Bluegrass,” and Monroe was slow to deny their exaggerations. Smith, however, dismisses many of the backwoodsy stories that grew up around the Monroe myth, instead emphasizing truer biographical elements: loneliness, fear of abandonment, compulsiveness with women. Perhaps the book’s main scholarly step forward is the depth of interviews and research the author conducted with the women in Monroe’s life. Indeed, Smith remarks that “without exception,” none of Monroe’s platonic or romantic women friends had been interviewed before. These women reveal a second Bill Monroe, relaxed and gentle in private despite his imperious manner onstage.

Much of the book relies on the archives of the late Ralph Rinzler, a Smithsonian folklorist whose plans to write a Monroe biography were thwarted by his untimely death. Taking up where Rinzler left off, Smith employs solid scholarship and thorough fieldwork, yet he remains clearly in awe of his subject, ranking him as a “true giant of American music” on the level of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, and Charles Ives. Can’t You Hear Me Callin’ is the first published attempt at a comprehensive, critical biography of Bill Monroe. Surely, it won’t be the last–a testament to the enigmatic genius whose every note extended one of our most emotive and demanding musical genres. –Edward Skoog

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