Live at Mechanics Hall

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bill Monroe was riding high at the time of this 1963 concert at Mechanics Hall, recorded by a young David Grisman later to become a mandolin legend in his own right, though this 2004 Acoustic Disc CD marks its very first release. Joined by a phenomenal band including banjo picker Bill Keith, guitarist Del McCoury, fiddler Joe Stuart, and his longtime bassist Bessie Lee, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys obviously pleased the audience with their mix of originals, a few country favorites, and traditional tunes. McCoury frequently sings lead, as the guitarist in Monroe's various groups often did, though the mandolinist takes his turn on occasion. Highlights include some of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Bill Monroe was riding high at the time of this 1963 concert at Mechanics Hall, recorded by a young David Grisman later to become a mandolin legend in his own right, though this 2004 Acoustic Disc CD marks its very first release. Joined by a phenomenal band including banjo picker Bill Keith, guitarist Del McCoury, fiddler Joe Stuart, and his longtime bassist Bessie Lee, Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys obviously pleased the audience with their mix of originals, a few country favorites, and traditional tunes. McCoury frequently sings lead, as the guitarist in Monroe's various groups often did, though the mandolinist takes his turn on occasion. Highlights include some of Monroe's best-known compositions, including "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "Rawhide," and "Uncle Pen," though few of the selections exceed two and a half minutes. Melissa Monroe, the leader's daughter, is a special guest on two numbers, while guitarist Mitchell Bea Lilly is added for the gospel favorite "What Would You Give in Exchange?" The sound achieved by Grisman is surprisingly good, considering that it is very unlikely that it was made at the time with the intention of commercially issuing it. Neil Rosenberg's detailed liner notes and the photographs made during the performance will add to the value of this CD for fans of the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949105920
  • Catalog Number: 59

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Watermelon Hangin' on That Vine (0:22)
  2. 2 Band Intros (0:51)
  3. 3 Panhandle Country (2:05)
  4. 4 Dark Hollow (2:19)
  5. 5 On and On (2:47)
  6. 6 Devil's Dream (2:34)
  7. 7 Love's Gonna Live Here (2:04)
  8. 8 Dreaming of a Little Cabin (2:41)
  9. 9 Muleskinner Blues (2:32)
  10. 10 Footprints in the Snow (1:52)
  11. 11 Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:16)
  12. 12 Rawhide (2:31)
  13. 13 John Henry (2:44)
  14. 14 I Saw the Light (2:12)
  15. 15 Waiting for Bea (1:31)
  16. 16 What Would You Give in Exchange? (5:00)
  17. 17 Uncle Pen (2:35)
  18. 18 Blue Ridge Mountain Blues (2:25)
  19. 19 Y'all Come (1:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Primary Artist
Bill Monroe Indexed Contributor, Mandolin, Vocals
Del McCoury Guitar, Vocals
Bill Keith Banjo, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), 5-string Banjo
Joe Stuart Fiddle, Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Bea Lilly Guitar, Vocals
Bessie Lee Double Bass
Mellisa Monroe Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
A.E. Brumley Composer
John Cohen Cover Photo
David Grisman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Hank Williams Composer
Arlie Duff Composer
Neil V. Rosenberg Liner Notes
Bill Browning Composer
George Vaughn Composer
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Re-live a special bluegrass moment from 1963

    Playing Time – 42:24 -- From the archives of Acoustic Disc comes a Bill Monroe concert recorded live by David Grisman at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Ma. on 11/16/63 featuring Blue Grass Boys Bill Keith, Del McCoury, Joe Stuart, Bessie Lee, Bea Lilly (one track) and Melissa Monroe (two tracks). After a one-minute rendition of “Watermelon Hangin’ on that Vine,” one can sense the electricity in the air during Monroe’s introductions of his band members. While the concert certainly featured many of Monroe’s classic warhorses (e.g. Uncle Pen, Rawhide, Mule Skinner Blues, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Footprints in the Snow), there are some interesting offerings at this concert. One is Keith’s jaw-dropping performance of “Devil’s Dream.” Another novelty is to hear Bill’s 27-year-old daughter Melissa sing “Love’s Gonna Live Here” and “Dreaming of a Little Cabin.” Bill Monroe introduces “John Henry” as his new single, and he adds an extra verse so that nimble-fingered Bill Keith gets a couple breaks in the song. The Father of Bluegrass always included “hymn time” in the program, and he chose Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” for this show. Mitchell “Bea” Lilly is introduced and a sterling duet of “What Would You Give in Exchange?” is a real crowd-pleaser. Responding to a request, the band serves up a high-stepping “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues,” a song that they had recorded but didn’t perform frequently. Back in 1963, Bill Monroe would have been 53 years old. A seasoned performer with an excellent band, he was at one of the many pinnacles in his career. David Grisman and Acoustic Disc are to be commended for allowing us to re-live a special moment in time when Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys took the stage in Worcester, Ma. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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