True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The 17 newly-recorded songs on this album comprise a loving tribute to the man generally considered to have invented bluegrass music, and the album was timed well, coming out just shortly before Monroe's death in 1996 at the age of 85. The songs are mostly pretty predictable. The program leads off with the Nashville Bluegrass Band's rendition of "Molly and Tenbrooks" on which Alan O'Bryant does a pretty fair Monroe impression, and proceeds through a hair-raising rendition of "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home" by the Del McCoury Band. Other classics by various lineups follow: Vassar Clements and Richard Greene team up for a bracing run-through of the instrumental ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The 17 newly-recorded songs on this album comprise a loving tribute to the man generally considered to have invented bluegrass music, and the album was timed well, coming out just shortly before Monroe's death in 1996 at the age of 85. The songs are mostly pretty predictable. The program leads off with the Nashville Bluegrass Band's rendition of "Molly and Tenbrooks" on which Alan O'Bryant does a pretty fair Monroe impression, and proceeds through a hair-raising rendition of "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home" by the Del McCoury Band. Other classics by various lineups follow: Vassar Clements and Richard Greene team up for a bracing run-through of the instrumental "Scotland"; Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick do great job on the title track; and Tim and Mollie O'Brien give "Sitting Alone in the Moonlight" a suitably haunting performance. Peter Rowan may be overrated as a singer, but as a former Blue Grass Boy and a tireless champion of Monroe's work, he has certainly earned the right to sing "Travelin' This Lonesome Road" and "Letter From My Darlin'." Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891220925
  • Catalog Number: 2209
  • Sales rank: 201,349

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Dobro
David Grier Guitar
Kathy Kallick Guitar, Vocals
Laurie Lewis Fiddle, Vocals
Del McCoury Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe Track Performer
Scott Nygaard Guitar
Peter Rowan Guitar, Vocals
Tony Trischka Banjo
Sam Bush Mandolin
John Hartford Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
Richard Greene Fiddle
Todd Phillips Bass
Mike Compton Mandolin
Craig Smith Banjo
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Pat Enright Guitar, Vocals
David Grisman Mandolin
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
Mike Marshall Mandolin
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Vocals
Jim Nunally Guitar
Mollie O'Brien Vocals
Tim O'Brien Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Alan O'Bryant Vocals
Herb Pedersen Banjo, Vocals
John Reischman Mandolin
Roland White Mandolin, Vocals
Chris Thile Mandolin
Greg Garing Mandolin, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
John Hartford Composer
Todd Phillips Producer, Engineer
Joseph Bartoldus Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Gary Denton Engineer
Rainer Gambalczyk Mastering
Mike Marshall Engineer
Jim Nunally Engineer
Barry Poss Executive Producer
Mark Slagle Engineer
Bradley Hartman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Steve Horowitz Engineer
Tom Size Engineer
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