Live at Mechanics Hall

Live at Mechanics Hall

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by Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Acoustic Disc
UPC:
0715949105920
catalogNumber:
59

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Performance Credits

Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys   Primary Artist
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,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
Hank Williams   Composer
Arlie Duff   Composer
Neil V. Rosenberg   Liner Notes
Bill Browning   Composer
George Vaughn   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Live at Mechanics Hall 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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)