AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE, “A Bill Monroe Celebration: I’m Goin’ Back To Old Kentucky,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.
William Smith “Bill” Monroe, “the father of bluegrass music,” was born 100 years ago on Sept. 13. And the bluegrass world is marking the centennial of his birth with a variety of projects.
Audie Blaylock, who spent nine years working with former Blue Grass Boy Jimmy Martin, has assembled an all-star cast for a dozen songs either written by or associated with Monroe.
Ronnie McCoury plays mandolin, the instrument associated with Monroe, on all 12 tracks.
Lou Reid sings lead on Monroe’s “I’m Goin’ Back To Old Kentucky.”
Former Blue Grass Boy Del McCoury joins Blaylock for Monroe’s “On The Old Kentucky Shore.”
Bobby Osborne lends his voice to “In Despair” and “Mighty Dark To Travel.”
Carl Jackson joins Blaylock on “When The Golden Leaves Begin To Fall.”
Former Blue Grass Boy Glenn Duncan and veteran fiddler Jason Carter join with Redline fiddle player Patrick McAvinue for some triple fiddling on “You’ll Find Her Name Written There,” “Cry, Cry Darlin’ ” and “Tall Timber.”
But really, Blaylock doesn’t need all that help.
He’s a powerful vocalist and his band is one of the best in the business.
A tribute worthy of Monroe.
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