VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Blue Moon of Kentucky: Instrumental Tribute To Bill Monroe,” Rural Rhythm. 18 tracks.
Bill Monroe, “the father of bluegrass music,” would have been 100 years old on Sept. 13. But he died on Sept. 9, 1996.
At the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky., all of the active members of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame will gather to perform a series of birthday concerts in Monroe’s honor on Sept. 12-14.
But Mike Scott, a banjo player and Monroe disciple, has produced an album of 18 instrumental versions of songs either written by or associated with Monroe that’s on the market now.
Scott writes that Monroe offered him a chance to be a Blue Grass Boy when he was 15. But Scott decided to stay in school and never got the chance to tour with Monroe.
They were friends, though, ate a lot of breakfasts together and played on the same stage at bluegrass festivals, Scott writes.
He’s assembled an all-star lineup for this tribute — Adam Steffey, Bryan Sutton, Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Aubrey Haynie, Mike Compton and Ben Isaacs.
The album is as good as you would expect with musicians like those.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.RuralRhythmStore.com.