Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute

The Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute

     
 
The Rounder compilation Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute anticipates what might have been the 100th birthday of the father of bluegrass music (September 13, 2011) by delving into the label's archives for 28 songs credited to Monroe

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The Rounder compilation Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration: A Classic Bluegrass Tribute anticipates what might have been the 100th birthday of the father of bluegrass music (September 13, 2011) by delving into the label's archives for 28 songs credited to Monroe (even if, as Bill Nowlin points out in his excellent liner notes, those tunes were occasionally adapted from older sources or even purchased from other songwriters) and performed by a bevy of his descendents, including Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Dan Tyminski. The heavy lifting is actually performed by such multiple participants as the Bluegrass Album Band (with five selections), Michael Cleveland, and Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys (with three each). Since Monroe is honored as the founder of bluegrass, those who play it are almost forced to copy him in the instrumentation of his band -- mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass -- and in his high tenor vocals, and the artists here largely do that. When, for instance, a piano is heard on Skaggs' version of "Toy Heart," it's almost a shock, and the female vocals of Hazel & Alice on "True Life Blues" also constitute a novelty. But bluegrass is a virtuoso music, too, giving the instrumentalists leave to shine on their fast-paced solos, especially on the instrumentals, such as the lead-off track, the Bluegrass Album Band's "Tall Timber." And sometimes, there's actually a competition to replicate Monroe's high, lonesome vocal sound, as on "Dark as the Night, Blue as the Day," in which Cleveland, Tyminski, and Gill all take their turns. Nowlin estimates the number of Monroe's compositions at between 225 and 250, so this collection represents only a little over ten-percent of his output. Still, it's a good representation of his music as played by some of his most ardent followers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2011
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661912328
Rank:
6355

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Tall Timber
  2. Will You Be Loving Another Man
  3. Dark as the Night, Blue as the Day
  4. Cheyenne
  5. Close By
  6. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling
  7. Shenandoah Breakdown
  8. My Florida Sunshine
  9. I'm Blue I'm Lonesome
  10. Toy Heart
  11. Wheel Hoss
  12. On the Old Kentucky Shore
  13. Come Back to Me in My Dreams
  14. Wicked Path of Sin

Disc 2

  1. Old Brown County Barn
  2. You'd Better Get Right
  3. Voice From on High
  4. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
  5. Dog House Blues
  6. Walls of Time
  7. Big Mon
  8. Footprints in the Snow
  9. Jerusalem Ridge
  10. Mansions for Me
  11. In Despair
  12. You're Drifting Away
  13. True Life Blues
  14. Goodbye Old Pal

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