Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe

Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe

by Ricky Skaggs
     
 

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Bill Monroe is credited with being the father of bluegrass. From the kickoff track of this sparkling 13-song collection, it's clear that his influence reaches much further. Bruce Hornsby, better known as a pop and jazz pianist, gives a thoroughly soulful and down home rendition of "Darlin' Corey." See more details below

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Bill Monroe is credited with being the father of bluegrass. From the kickoff track of this sparkling 13-song collection, it's clear that his influence reaches much further. Bruce Hornsby, better known as a pop and jazz pianist, gives a thoroughly soulful and down home rendition of "Darlin' Corey." Dolly Parton follows with "Cry, Cry Darlin'," offering an understated interpretation that reminds us again of what a fine singer she is, beyond the glitz and glamour that's associated with her image. Mary-Chapin Carpenter offers an appropriately bluesy version of "Blue Night," while Steve Wariner takes on the bouncy side of bluegrass with "Heavy Traffic Ahead." John Fogerty riffs a bayou-tinged version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky," with a recording of Monroe himself opening the song. The Whites hew to bluegrass tradition on "Used to Be," while the high lonesome sound of Patty Loveless's voice works perfectly on "Close By." Meanwhile, Ricky Skaggs - the avid Monroe acolyte whose label nurtured and released Big Mon -- teams up on one song with the Dixie Chicks and on another with Joan Osborne. Elsewhere, Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, and Charlie Daniels each contribute a track, while an all-star lineup of bluegrass greats including Sam Bush, Del McCoury, and Stuart Duncan teams up on the instrumental that gives this album its name.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Featuring an all-star lineup of country and rock's biggest names, Ricky Skaggs' heartfelt tribute to bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe is well-intended but a little too slick. Featuring artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Dixie Chicks, Charlie Daniels, John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby, Patty Loveless, Joan Osborne, Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, the Whites, and Dwight Yoakam, it is made overwhelmingly clear that the music of Monroe has made an impact on many different musical genres. Unfortunately, the genre that this CD is lacking is bluegrass; the listener has to wait until the last track (the scattered "Big Mon") to hear some real pickers like J.D. Crowe and members of the Del McCoury Band perform traditional down-home music. There is no one else in the music industry today who works harder to bring traditional American bluegrass to the mainstream audience, but unfortunately the vehicle it arrives in usually ends up being a new Cadillac, not the sturdy 1943 Ford pickup it belongs in. [This album was rereleased on Disney's Lyric Street imprint with one aditional track under the title Ricky Skaggs and Friends Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
Label:
Skaggs Family
UPC:
0669890100223
catalogNumber:
9021002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Del McCoury   Acoustic Guitar
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Patty Loveless   Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Travis Tritt   Banjo,Vocals,Soloist
Steve Wariner   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Dwight Yoakam   Vocals
John Fogerty   Track Performer
Bruce Hornsby   Piano
Buck White   Mandolin,Piano,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion,Drums
Bob Bailey   Background Vocals
Dixie Chicks   Track Performer
Luke Bulla   Fiddle
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Vocals
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Charlie Daniels   Vocals
J.D. Crowe   Banjo
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
John Jennings   Acoustic Guitar
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Jim Mills   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Soloist
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Cheryl White   Bass
Roland White   Mandolin
Sharon White   Acoustic Guitar
Joan Osborne   Vocals
Lee Ann Womack   Vocals
Mark Fain   Bass
Paul Brewster   Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Natalie Maines   Vocals
Emily Robison   Banjo,Dobro
Clay Hess   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Rob Ikes   Slide Guitar
martin Siedel   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Ricky Skaggs   Producer,Sleeve Notes
Ed Crawford   Artwork,Layout Concept
Emory Gordy   Vocal Editing
Brent King   Engineer
J.D. Miller   Composer
Jimmy C. Newman   Composer
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Alan Shulman   Engineer
Jim Hsieh   Illustrations
Little Robert   Composer

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