VARIOUS ARTISTS, “ With Body And Soul: A Bluegrass Tribute to Bill Monroe,” Rebel. 17 tracks.
VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Let The Light Shine Down: A Gospel Tribute to Bill Monroe,” Rebel. 17 tracks.
Bill Monroe, “the father of bluegrass music,” was born on Sept. 13, 1911.
The upcoming centennial of his birth on Jerusalem Ridge, just outside Rosine, Ky., has inspired a variety of tributes, including three tribute albums featuring other artists performing songs Monroe either wrote or made famous.
Rounder Records has compiled a 28-track tribute that includes such artists as The Grascals, Michael Cleveland with Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill, Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, IIIrd Tyme Out, Bobby Osborne and Ralph Stanley.
The CD comes with a good 20-page booklet.
Rebel Records has divided its tribute into two albums.
“With Body And Soul” is the secular music — “My Little Georgia Rose,” “Uncle Pen,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Mule Skinner Blues” and other Monroe classics.
Artists include The Seldom Scene, The Lonesome River Band, Del McCoury, Tony Rice, IIIrd Tyme Out, Don Rigsby, Kenny Baker, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Don Reno & Red Smiley and others.
“Let The Light Shine Down” features bluegrass gospel songs associated with Monroe.
Songs include “The Old Cross Road,” “Mansions For Me,” “He Will Set Your Fields On Fire” and “Mother’s Only Sleeping.”
Artists include The Country Gentlemen, Lost & Found, The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, The Stanley Brothers, The Seldom Scene with Linda Ronstadt, The Boys From Indiana, Larry Richardson and others.
Both albums come with good booklets detailing the history of the songs.